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[13] There remains therefore what may be called the practical1 life of the rational part of man. (This part has two divisions,2 one rational as obedient to principle, the others possessing principle and exercising intelligence). Rational life again has two meanings; let us assume that we are here concerned with the active exercise3 of the rational faculty, since this seems to be the more proper sense of the term.

1 ‘Practice’ for Aristotle denotes purposeful conduct, of which only rational beings are capable, cf. 6.2.2 note.

2 This anticipation of 13.19 is irrelevant, and states decisively a point there left doubtful. Also on grounds of Greek this parenthesis has been suspected as an interpolation, and perhaps we should leave it out and render the preceding words ‘the practical life of a rational being.’

3 In contrast with the mere state of possessing the faculty.

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