Even more problematic is a definitive transcultural depiction of the four cardinal virtues
. These admissions made, is it not legitimate to propose a highly formal description of the virtuous person for the sake of discussing transculturally and transgenerationally our understanding of right human living?
The strong similarity between CASEL's classification of SEL and the cardinal virtues
of Greek and Christian thought is no accident.
The virtue of fortitude, one of the four cardinal virtues
, is very necessary for a genuine spiritual life.
This Fraternal Order was founded "To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues
of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship."
Plato and other ancient Greek philosophers identified four natural virtues called cardinal virtues
on which all others hinge: prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice.
However, even in the better loved poems, and even when other classical virtues would seem to be more important, temperance remains central to the manuscript, and its centrality is all the more surprising given the orthodox hierarchy of virtues, which places temperance as the least important of the cardinal virtues
. In all the poems, the poet places great importance on inner order, either by explicitly ranking temperance over other virtues or by describing other virtues to emphasize parts of them that overlap with temperance.
These moral elements are hinged on the cardinal virtues
of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance which we urge fellow Filipinos to pursue and proclaim during these troubled times of our Republic.
Thomas takes over Plato's four cardinal virtues
. He believes that Plato and his school have exercised enormous influence for the good, and have contributed significantly to the development of Christian theology.
They were sorely lacking in the cardinal virtues
that even the pagan philosophers much before Christ defined as the foundation of good moral behavior.
Its defense of moderation, constitutionalism, and the cardinal virtues
(courage, prudence, justice and temperance) owes much to Aristotle, for example.
But, as we discovered, Malcolm had some cardinal virtues
. A smile that could light up the darkest winter's morning, a superb work ethic and integrity in spades.
Socrates refutes Thrasymachus' notion of justice by simply arguing that justice as a virtue cannot be what serves the interests of the strongest as those interests might result in vice and evil and not in virtue, which is the hallmark of justice, the other cardinal virtues
being courage, moderation and prudence.
When I finally read the German philosopher Josef Pieper's The Four Cardinal Virtues
, which had sat unread on my shelf for years, I was shocked to learn that I didn't hate prudence; what I hated was its current - and incorrect - definition.
Plato resolves the dilemma by introducing the four cardinal virtues
as the way to bring order and happiness to human life.
They are the cardinal virtues
: wisdom and/or prudence, courage or bravery, justice, and temperance or moderation.