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1 i.e., to destroy our perception of the true end of life, which constitutes the major premise of the practical syllogism.
2 τέχνη, Art, is here （as in 7.1） used in a neutral sense of a systematic procedure for making something, or a body of principles for such a procedure—one may be good at it or bad; whereas φρόνησις, Prudence or practical wisdom, itself denotes an excellence, not a neutral sphere in which one may excel or the reverse. Elsewhere in the book τέχνη has the positive sense of artistic excellence or technical skill.
3 Called in 1.6 the Calculative Faculty.
4 A loss of Prudence is felt to involve a moral lapse, which shows that it is not a purely intellectual quality.