Ideas from 'fragments/reports' by Philolaus [425 BCE], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers' (ed/tr Freeman,Kathleen) [Harvard 1957,-]].

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20. Action / B. Preliminaries of Action / 2. Willed Action / d. Weakness of will
Some reasonings are stronger than we are
                        Full Idea: Some reasonings are stronger than we are.
                        From: Philolaus (fragments/reports [c.425 BCE]), quoted by Aristotle - Eudemian Ethics 1225a33
                        A reaction: This endorses the Aristotle view of akrasia (as opposed to the Socratic view). This isolated remark seems to imply that we are more clearly embodiments of will than of reason.