The four cardinal virtues, Josef Pieper
THE FOUR CARDINAL VIRTUES
Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance
Characteristic of all the writings of Josef Pieper is his ability to discuss the Christian virtues in a way which is at once abstract and concrete, theoretical and practical. The argument of this modern Thomist appears to move with effortless ease and untroubled lucidity on the highest plane of abstraction. Yet from this altitude he throws a brilliant light upon the problems, personal, social, and political, which none of us in our daily lives can escape.
This volume brings together, in revised form and with a new introduction, Di. Pieper’s four studies of the cardinal virtues, previously published in separate volumes. Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance were considered by Traditional Christian philosophy as basic to right conduct. Dr. Pieper redefines the original significance of these virtues and their inter-relationship, and brings them close to readers today.
Translated by Richard and Clara Winston, Lawrence E. Lynch, and Daniel F. Coogan
The Four Cardinal Virtues