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[Part 4] Contribution of the Western Thinkers: Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato


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Introduction: Ancient Greek Philosophy

Greek Philosophers believed virtue as excellence of any kind. A virtue is a character trait or quality that is valued as good, by the society. Virtues generally further the good of the society and the individual. It is a disposition of the character to act in an appropriate and beneficial way.

Virtues can be seen in the context of values. A value is a core yardstick of measuring the desirability and appropriateness of the things we observe around. Every individual abides by some values that guide his actions and beliefs. Likewise, every society upholds certain values that are valued as important for the establishment of a good life. However, it is not necessary that an individual’s values are in conformity to the social values.

Given the broad spectrum of human values, values can be broadly categorized into four groups- Read More…