Study Guide

The Nicomachean Ethics Book 3, Chapter 10 (1117b24-1118b8)

By Aristotle

Book 3, Chapter 10 (1117b24-1118b8)

  • Next in the discussion of virtues: moderation. He calls it the mean when we're talking about pleasure.
  • And we're talking about pleasures of the body, since a person really can't go overboard with pleasures of the soul.
  • Even all bodily or sensual pleasures aren't subject to abuse. Can we really be faulted, say, for liking the color pink too much?
  • The excess of bodily pleasures is "licentiousness" and concerns sensual things that become objects of desire. This is anything that would seduce non-rational animals, too.
  • Think sex and food—pleasures of touch. Because this fault isn't particularly human, Aristotle finds licentiousness to be particularly hateful.