Of Prudence, Considered in Itself
After treating of the theological virtues, we must in due sequence consider the cardinal virtues. In the first place we shall consider prudence in itself; secondly, its parts; thirdly, the corresponding gift; fourthly, the contrary vices; fifthly, the precepts concerning prudence.Under the first head there are sixteen points of inquiry:
- Whether prudence is in the will or in the reason?
- If in the reason, whether it is only in the practical, or also in the speculative reason?
- Whether it takes cognizance of singulars?
- Whether it is virtue?
- Whether it is a special virtue?
- Whether it appoints the end to the moral virtues?
- Whether it fixes the mean in the moral virtues?
- Whether its proper act is command?
- Whether solicitude or watchfulness belongs to prudence?
- Whether prudence extends to the governing of many?
- Whether the prudence which regards private good is the same in species as that which regards the common good?
- Whether prudence is in subjects, or only in their rulers?
- Whether prudence is in the wicked?
- Whether prudence is in all good men?
- Whether prudence is in us naturally?
- Whether prudence is lost by forgetfulness ?