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We have then now discussed in outline the virtues in general, having indicated their genus [namely, that it is a mean, and a disposition1] and having shown that they render us apt to do the same actions as those by which they are produced,2 and to do them in the way in which right reason may enjoin3; and that they depend on ourselves and are voluntary.45

1 This clause looks like an interpolation: ἕξις is the genus of virtue, Bk. 2.5 fin., 6 init., μεσότης its differentia, 2.6.5,17.

2 See 2.2.8.

3 See 2.2.2. This clause in the mss. follows the next one.

4 See 5.2 and 20.

5 This section some editors place before 5.21, but it is rather a footnote to 5.14; and the opening words of 5.23 imply that a digression has been made.

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