When masturbation isn’t about “inordinate sexual desire”
An excess or deficiency in one arena can bring about vice in another. And a focus on sexual desire-as-excess can hide this fact.
Those of us who received classical educations often view virtue in Aristotle’s terms, as a mean. Being virtuous involves excellence, but it also involves balance. Vice arises from excess or deficiency. This approach to virtue was adopted and developed by Aquinas and is held by those of us who work in the natural law tradition.
One version of this approac…