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Do you think Plato’s four cardinal virtues are relevant in the present times? Justify with examples.

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators ,Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world to the concepts of morality;

7. Do you think Plato’s four cardinal virtues are relevant in the present times? Justify with examples. (150 words)

Difficulty Level: Moderate

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  present day.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

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 pandemic etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stressing on the overall importance of the virtues.