Truthfulness is emphasized tremendously in the engineering code of ethics. An engineer must always be truthful, honest, and act with integrity. Ambition is also vital to an engineer’s success. It is imperative that engineers do not become complacent in their work and always strive to achieve great things; however, it is equally important to stay grounded and not be consumed with avarice of power or
This way of life will assure them that the activities they partake in are proper. To further understand the importance of virtues, one must learn about Aristotle’s doctrine of the mean. A virtue is a mean that sits between two extremes. For instance, as described by Dr. King, a person will want to have the virtue perseverance because they will comprehend the importance of knowledge and be motivated enough to finish their projects. On the excess side of that, a person would be intransigent.
Virtue ethics is more about ‘being’ whereas moral ethics is more about ‘doing’ (Rondall, 2014). In order to act and behave in a morally correct way, one has to have a character and virtues that will support it. Being a virtuous person will enable you to act according to moral principle; however you cannot act according to moral principle and do your duty if you do not have the virtues that allow for this. Kant suggests that good will is achieved through intent, contributing to the argument that one cannot act morally if their intentions have ulterior motives (Rondall, 2014). The motivation behind duty is having the respect for moral law, thus inferring that one has to have respect which is gained through practice, learnt by habituation and taught from example (Johnson & Cureton, 2016).
Virtue ethics started drawing attention since the modern ethics exposed its limitation and reconsideration about the priority was needed. Contemporary ethics focus on “What we should do”, instead of “What kind of person we should do”. In consequence, the moral codes in modern era solely emphasizes moral duty and rules, while neglecting personality and character of individuals. Virtue ethics support the traditional criterion that consider moral virtue and personality of individuals as important. The virtue of good engineer includes creativity, good understanding of culture, morality, and capability of communication.
The virtue theory, which pursues virtuous principles, strategies and actions, can lead companies to understand their values, including mission, purpose, profit potential and other objectives. Virtuous employees tend to perform their roles consistently and competently in the direction of the company's goals. Virtues are the kind of thing you allow someone to take action to appreciate. Business people increase their likelihood of reaching their values and goals when they reach Objectivist virtues. Virtues emphasize the importance of each employee's valuable contribution.
The ASME Code of Ethics of Engineers begins with the three Fundamental Principles that contain both utilitarian and egalitarian ideals. It states that engineers should use their skills, knowledge, and position to “enhance human welfare” as well as “increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession.” It is clear that these principles are focused on guiding an engineer’s actions toward maximizing human well-being and extending the benefits to all humans and all engineers involved. Sometimes engineering is viewed as a profession of those who are gifted in their understanding of mathematics and physics and who are motivated strictly by material wealth. This is an important addition because it defines the purpose of the profession of engineering first and foremost as a way to enrich the lives of humanity, not as a method of monetary gain. However, the code does enumerate protections for engineers against other engineers.
A good person will make good decisions, therefore it is important to become a good person. Eudaimonia is a Greek word that Aristotle translate to be “human flourishing”. Eudaimonia is an objective state which illustrates personal happiness as a well-lived life. Aristotle believed that eudaimonia involves activity in accordance with virtue (arête). The activity needs to be rational demonstrating traits like honesty, pride, integrity, rationality and well-being.
In this essay, I will be discussing Aristotle’s conception of the “good life” which he outlined in the Nicomachean Ethics. As we will see, the “good life” for man according to Aristotle is one where we perform the particular activity which is distinctly ours and guides us towards eudaimonia – sometimes translated as ‘happiness’ or ‘well-being’. He shows us how the other conflicting depictions of the ‘good life’ are misguided, and how we should aim for a life of reason. First, however, I will discuss briefly what Aristotle meant by the term ‘good’ and then move on to how he arrived at the conclusion on human happiness. Aristotle believes that the ‘good life’ for a particular organism depends on what that organism is and the conditions it requires
Virtue ethics is nowadays one of three main approaches in standard ethics. It might, at first, be recognized as the one that stresses the virtues, or moral character. Virtue ethics is a comprehensive term for theories that stress the part of character. Virtue ethics not just related with the rightness or wrongness of individual activities, it gives direction as to the kind of features and conducts a decent individual will look for to accomplish. In that way, virtue ethics is concerned with the entire of someone 's life, instead of particular scenes or activities.
Ethics according to my understanding is that division of philosophy which concerns with the moral principles that guide us in terms of our behaviour and way of doing things. Ethics simply helps a person in distinguishing between the right and wrong, good and bad, just and unjust, acceptable and unacceptable. It incorporates the ethical standards or the code of ethics guiding a person into the right path by instilling discipline and other virtues in our life’s daily activities. As professional teachers we endowed with dignity and reputation with high code of conduct while practicing the noble teaching profession which also requires us to follow set of ethical and moral principles, standards and values. Ethics in education concerns with the study of ethical standards or basic principles related rooted in the education system.