Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On The States Of Life
Q[183] Of Man's Various Duties And States In General
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We must next consider man's various states and duties. We shall consider (1) man's duties and states in general; (2) the state of the perfect in particular.

Under the first head there are four points of inquiry:

A[1] What constitutes a state among men?

A[2] Whether among men there should be various states and duties?

A[3] Of the diversity of duties;

A[4] Of the diversity of states.