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Virtue then is a settled disposition of the mind determining the choice1 of actions and emotions, consisting essentially in the observance of the mean relative to us, this being determined by principle, that is,2 as the prudent man would determine it.

1 Προαίρεσις, ‘choice’ or ‘purpose’, is discussed in Bk. 3.2, where see note.

2 A variant reading gives ‘determined by principle, or whatever we like to call that by which the prudent man would determine it’ (vide Taylor, Aristotle, p. 77).

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