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:
A Whether prudence is in the will or in the reason?
A If in the reason, whether it is only in the practical, or also in the speculative reason?
A Whether it takes cognizance of singulars?
A Whether it is virtue?
A Whether it is a special virtue?
A Whether it appoints the end to the moral virtues?
A Whether it fixes the mean in the moral virtues?
A Whether its proper act is command?
A Whether solicitude or watchfulness belongs to prudence?
A Whether prudence extends to the governing of many?
A Whether the prudence which regards private good is the same in species as that which regards the common good?
A Whether prudence is in subjects, or only in their rulers?
A Whether prudence is in the wicked?
A Whether prudence is in all good men?
A Whether prudence is in us naturally?
A Whether prudence is lost by forgetfulness?