After this we must take a fresh
starting-point and discuss the subjects that follow.
Now all goods are either external or within
the spirit, and of these two kinds the latter are preferable, as we
class them even in the extraneous discourses.1
For Wisdom and Goodness and Pleasure are
in the spirit, and either some or all of these are thought by
everybody to be an End. And the contents of the spirit are in two
groups, one states or faculties, the other activities and
Let these assumptions, then, be made, and
let it be assumed as to Goodness that it is the best disposition or
state or faculty of each class of things that have some use or work.