chapter  4
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Man, the Noblest Being

Thus we say: of the faculties which we have enumerated, there are three which form the principles of acts and operations in association with opinion, reason, distinction and will.w , One is the faculty of perceiving intelligibles and distinguishing between good and evil actions, and this is called the faculty of rationality;136 the second is the concupiscible faculty,89 which is the principle for the attraction of benefits and the quest of pleasures, by way of foods, drinks, women,145 and the rest; the third is the irascible faculty,DO which is the principle for repelling injuries, facing up to perils, 146 and yearning after authority and exaltation. The last two faculties Man shares with other animals, but the first is his alone.