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 S - Self-control


Self-control: Being capable of ruling one's passions, emotions and tendencies for wishful thinking by one's capacities to reason, judge and choose rationally.

Whether or not one believes in the existence of a self - as is denied or doubted by Buddhists and skeptics - one does need at least a modicum of self-control to function socially, and indeed all ethical or moral action requires self-control.

Also, it is noteworthy that all conscious bodily action involves self-control.

Hence, the first virtue, required for the exercise of any virtue, and all rational and reasonable judgment and choice, is the virtue of self-control.


See also: Egoism, Expectation, Person, Role, Self-knowledge


Aristotle, Buddha, Chamfort, Hume, Spinoza, Schopenhauer

 Original: Sep 14, 2007                                                Last edited:12 December 2011.   Top