From the September, 2001 issue of Touchstone
The Cardinal Virtue of Prudence by Thomas S. Buchanan

The Cardinal Virtue of Prudence

The simple acquire folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
—Proverbs 14:18

Although most people have heard of the seven deadly sins, fewer people are familiar with that other list: the seven great virtues. The virtues can be divided into two groups: the three theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity) and the four cardinal virtues (justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude). Although the list of the seven virtues is first found among the writings of Ambrose and Augustine, the list of the cardinal virtues wasn’t their creation; it was mentioned centuries before by Aristotle and Plato and represents the classical mind on what constit . . .


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