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[3] The wise man therefore must not only know the conclusions that follow from his first principles, but also have a true conception of those principles themselves. Hence Wisdom must be a combination of Intelligence and Scientific Knowledge1: it must be a consummated knowledge2 of the most exalted3 objects. For it is absurd to think that Political Science or Prudence is the loftiest kind of knowledge, inasmuch as man is not the highest thing in the world.

1 See 6.1, 2.

2 Literally ‘knowledge having as it were a head,’ a phrase copied from Plato, Plat. Gorg. 505d.

3 See 7.4, 5, and, for the technical sense of τίμιος, Bk. 1.12.

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