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But nevertheless it is not really the case that Prudence is in authority1 over Wisdom, or over the higher part of the intellect, any more than medical science is in authority over health. Medical science does not control health, but studies how to procure it; hence it issues orders in the interests of health, but not to health. And again, one might as well say that Political Science governs the gods, because it gives orders about everything2 in the State.

1 This is the solution of the difficulty stated in 12.3.

2 Including religious observances.

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