After considering justice we must in due sequence consider fortitude. We must
- consider the virtue itself of fortitude;
- its parts;
- the gift corresponding thereto;
- the precepts that pertain to it.
Concerning fortitude three things have to be considered:
- Fortitude itself;
- its principal act, viz. martyrdom;
- the vices opposed to fortitude.
Under the first head there are twelve points of inquiry:
- Whether fortitude is a virtue?
- Whether it is a special virtue?
- Whether fortitude is only about fear and daring?
- Whether it is only about fear of death?
- Whether it is only in warlike matters?
- Whether endurance is its chief act?
- Whether its action is directed to its own good?
- Whether it takes pleasure in its own action?
- Whether fortitude deals chiefly with sudden occurrences?
- Whether it makes use of anger in its action?
- Whether it is a cardinal virtue?
- Of its comparison with the other cardinal virtues.