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This is the faculty that manages the different classes of particular, temporary tasks in conjunction with, and at the occurrence of, the events that affect all nations, a cer5 tain nation, or a certain city. It is subordinate to the former. (3) The faculty by which one discovers what is most useful and noble, or what is most useful for a virtuous end, relative to one group among the citizens of a city or to the members of a household. It consists of a variety of deliberative virtues, each associated with the group in question: for instance, it is economic deliberative virtue or military deliberative virtue.

52 This is the superior science and the one with the most perfect [claim to rule or to] authority. The rest of the authoritative sciences are subordinate to this science. By the rest of the authoritative sciences I mean the second and the third, and that which is derived from them, since these sciences merely follow the example of that science and are employed to accomplish the purpose of 10 15 38 1 1 5 10 43 « THE ATTAINMENT OF HAPPINESS that science, which is supreme happiness and the final perfection to be achieved by man.

This is to be found in his book known as Alcibiades Minor. 15 Then, after that, he investigated the truly useful things, the truly gainful things, and the gains that are truly good, and how one does not come to any of them by way of the generally accepted arts. 16 Then he explained the relation of the things useful and gainful in the eyes of the multitude to the things truly useful and 5 10 15 59 « THE PHILOSOPHY OF PLATO gainful, how [true] gains or the goods are nothing but that knowl- 20 edge and that desired way of life, and how the practical arts are 11 not adequate for obtaining the gain that is the true gain.

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