The Public Interest

Medicalizing temptation

Jackson Toby

Winter 1998

WHEN one of the characters in Oscar Wildes play, Lady Windemere’s Fan, says, “I Couldn’t help it. I can resist everything except temptation,” the playwright was kidding. He was implying, slyly, that those who fail to resist temptation prefer what they perceive as pleasant to what is moral.

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