Value systems: Plato

In his book, The Republic, Book IV, Plato wrote down what the ancient Greeks called the four cardinal virtues.

These virtues are:

  • prudence
  • cadence
  • temperance
  • justice

I took the liberty of using a different words, more accessible to the 21th century thinker, to describe these virtues:

  • wisdom
  • courage
  • self control
  • fairness

This list is very useful…. Because it is concrete! In all my readings about ethics, philosophers go to a great detail in setting up frameworks and defining concepts, but they rarely have the guts to come up with practical useful guidance. This is a rare exception.

I personally agree with these values in 100%.

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