from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See acrasy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Obs. except in Med. Excess; intemperance.

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  • noun lack of self-control; excess; intemperance


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From Ancient Greek ἀκρασία (lacking command (over oneself))


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  • So the techne analogy might be construed to imply the impossibility of acrasia.

    Plato's Shorter Ethical Works

  • Socrates then approaches the wisdom-virtue question from another angle, that of acrasia

    Plato's Shorter Ethical Works

  • If acrasia is impossible, then every moral error involves a cognitive failure about the action or the principle that it violates, and cognitive errors negative (or at least weaken) responsibility for actions caused by those errors.

    Plato's Shorter Ethical Works

  • Protagoras, which introduces the doctrines of the unity of virtue and the impossibility of acrasia (the doctrine that it is impossible to know what is right and still do wrong).

    Plato's Shorter Ethical Works

  • After Aristotle, philosophers have termed this the issue of acrasia.

    Plato's Shorter Ethical Works

  • Some said it went to acrasia, rigging everything up murklins and then just BANG!!


  • Throughout the day, there was an acrasia of ash falling from the sky where clouds of smoke hung over the valley.

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  • This week's (Week 20) words are: acrasia; murklins; & oncethmus

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  • Akrasia is the romanisation I'm familiar with in discussion of Aristotelian ethics, etc.

    July 9, 2008