<philosophical terminology> Greek term for moderation, the capacity to exercise self-control over one's desire for pleasure. For Plato, this is the virtue best exemplified by the masses in the ideal state. According to Aristotle, however, sofrosune is even more crucial, since every moral virtue is properly conceived as the mean between vicious extremes. Recommended Reading: F. E. Peters, Greek Philosophical Terms: A Historical Lexicon (NYU, 1967).
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