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Plato’s cardinal virtues are currently more relevant than ever. Explain with examples.

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

7. Plato’s cardinal virtues are currently more relevant than ever. Explain with examples. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: plato.stanford.edu

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Philosophical Mondays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the relevance of Plato’s cardinal virtues in the present times.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

 Begin by mentioning about the Plato’s 4 cardinal virtues – Wisdom, Courage, Justice and Moderation.

Body:

In brief, describe the virtues of Plato and what they meant according to him. Four cardinal virtues on which rest all the remaining moral virtues.

Next, one by one, bring out the relevance of these virtues in present. Cite examples as to show how these virtues are still important.

For e.g. – Courage in times of pandemic etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stressing on the overall importance of the virtues.