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In this chapter, the author speaks about courage in peacetime and courage in wartime. Courage is not like the warlike fury that the multitudes take it for, which uses anger as its guide, but courage as knowledge. The chapter highlights lessons and teachings inscribed in many places of legislation, persuading the obedient more gently, the disobedient more strictly to scorn things pertaining to the body and appearance, deeming the life lived in accord with virtue to be the sole end, and striving as well for any other things leading to it. Since the events concerning human affairs occur in two times, in peace and in war, it is possible to perceive the virtues that can be examined in both.

Keywords:courage; peacetime; wartime



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