Temperance: with a consideration of evil, violence, and pedagogy

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The article investigates the meaning of temperance by noting some cultural assumptions, raising the question as to why this classical virtue has largely disappeared from modern ethical discourse. By means of some historical notes temperance is identified as the unifying virtue in the person and in society. In its Christian form it is related to love of the transcendent goal of human life. By being similarly goal driven, education should consider the cardinal virtues and celebrate them through worship.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-158
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Beliefs and Values
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • faculties, temperance, cardinal virtues, moral education, apathy