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Of the two parts of the soul possessed of reason, Prudence must be the virtue of one, namely, the part that forms opinions1; for Opinion deals with that which can vary, and so does Prudence. But yet Prudence is not a rational quality merely, as shown by the fact that a purely rational faculty can be forgotten, whereas a failure in Prudence is not a mere lapse of memory.2

1 Called in 1.6 the Calculative Faculty.

2 A loss of Prudence is felt to involve a moral lapse, which shows that it is not a purely intellectual quality.

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