In Rosalind Hursthouse’s essay on Virtue Ethics, she aims to create a new type of ethics that is classified as Aristotelian in nature. Hursthouse’s model is more agent-based rather than action-based, which implies that it is based on the individual’s characteristics rather than the type of action implemented. Husrthouse believes that the agent’s thought process, beliefs, and personal view of moral values are ultimately what shapes virtue ethics. Although her discussion on virtue ethics is both intriguing and important, Hursthouse's model falls short of being a viable ethical theory for several reasons. Firstly, the idea of agent-based ethics is a nice one in theory, but is not easily employable because of the individual standard of ethics that would be required to take ethical action. It is important to present a model that can actually be applied in practice in order to achieve actual results. Virtue ethics cannot be considered as a real alternative to any other code of ethics because it is not employable in the real world, and is therefore not worthy of serious consideration. This underlying reason will be thoroughly discussed in order to refute the arguments that Rosalind Hursthouse provides on Virtue Ethics in her essay.
Too often in business as well as the military, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” (Powell, C #7). Too often the command as well as enlisted soldiers will use this analogy to continue to do what they have always done and fight change. Also this leads to allowing small details to be overlooked because it’s been allowed before, these small details, such as production schedules become larger details. These small little details will cause larger details to be overlooked in the future. This culture will foster reactivity instead of promoting proactivity (Powell, C #7). This type of culture is a struggle for leaders to change in the National Guard because of the hometown mentality, all though we strive to keep the since of community in our units as leaders we have to be the supporters of change. Be able to answer the “why” when it is necessary to move in a different direction, we have to be able to always look beneath the surface and not take situations at face value. When we have questions or concerns as long as they are morally and
Several functions are required within the organization that ensures a high level of combat readiness, technical directives being one of them. The unit commanders’ mission is the continuous training of Marines in basic ground combat fighting, piloting, and aircraft maintenance. Chang and Wang (2010) state that if senior civil aviation leadership focus on factors related to aircraft maintenance, they can drastically reduce human errors and cost (Chang & Wang, 2010, pp. 56-62). Helicopter Marine Light Attack squadron 469 maintenance department is comprised of 293 personnel on average with different skill sets responsible for the day to day operations and requires intimate involvement by senior leadership to succeed.
In this essay, I am going to examine the key features of Situation Ethics. Situation Ethics is a teleological theory that resolves ethical and moral issues relative to the situation and was developed at a time when society and the church were facing drastic and permanent change. It is most commonly associated with Joseph Fletcher and J.A.T Robinson and also William Barclay. Situation Ethics is also considered to be the method of ethical decision making that states that you must consider “noble love” (agapé) in decision making and that a moral decision is correct if it is the most loving thing to do. The theory is based upon this idea of agapé love which is defined by William Barclay
Gates is well-known for establishing the software business Microsoft. He is mentioned to be one of the richest men in the world. With all the wealth he possesses he states that Microsoft is not about greed, but about innovation and fairness (Bill Gates Quotes, n.d.). Not only did Gates engage in software, he ventured off towards becoming a philanthropist in 1944. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation became the most awarded organization in the world. His vision and motivation are to help others in need (Grimm, 2002).
In general, as human beings we go through transformation beyond recognition this may be because of the frequent encounters with ethical dilemmas. “Ethical dilemmas are problems without a satisfactory resolution”. What makes ethical dilemmas particularly difficult is that they often involve conflicts between two or more deeply held beliefs. These dilemmas can transpire within family, work and relationships. While some dilemmas can be answered by reference to religious beliefs, other dilemmas require “common sense knowing” and moral standards. Making an ethical decision requires the use of a sound ethical framework. This paper uses a combination of Ruggiero, the three schools of ethics and Kegan’s theories to present resolution through any given dilemma.
At the operator level, my work group of 16 Sailors requires the use of sophisticated information systems to perform daily tasks and execute our mission. From submitting classified SONAR contact reports via our network to interacting with the server cluster responsible for launching torpedoes, my team’s respect for, and proper use of, the systems they are utilizing is my responsibility. Whether it be reporting email phishing attempts or ensuring USB drives and other unauthorized equipment are not introduced into the network, my team plays an important role in ensuring our ship’s networks remain secure and free from intrusion. Additionally, the proper maintenance of our information systems and attention to detail with regards to operator input into the weapons’ programs is vital to the effective employment of our capabilities. During my time on the ship, although my team was not directly involved, we have had
I have decided to take on the topic of good virtue for this final analysis assignment. This topic is important because it shows how we as humans can display high moral values through our behavior. Based on the norms you hold and the environment you’re in, you will feel the urge to respond to certain situations in different ways. Something we should keep in mind is that there isn’t this clear-cut definition to what someone of good character or virtue should be. Different people will value different things, and everyone will define what someone of good character will look like. The case of that I will be presenting to you is a significant example of good character because the basis of this case is centered around Integrity and high ethical standards, as well as ignoring your instinct to correct a wrong-doing when you feel as if your integrity or Integrity policies has been violated. This case is relevant to college students because this did happen in a classroom at a specialized institution. Even if this case did not take place where it did, this issue can happen in all grade levels of education, and even in the workplace.
Virtue is the moral understanding of something beyond the physical sphere of life. Observing the situation in Florence during Niccolo Machiavelli’s time, it was in ruins due to corruption among citizens and poor leadership. To put
Duty and virtue have very immense definitions, from many different aspect of life; therefore, to elucidate the direction of this essay we are going to study the ethical aspects of these two terms. Duty is derived from the Greek term Deontology, so the ethics of duty is actually the sequel of deontological ethics. The same could be said for virtue, a term many tend to use loosely. Both terms, have heavy meanings, but tend not be fully understood.
Ethics of virtue is the belief that if a person wants to be considered good, they do good things (Pollock, 1988). In ethics of virtue, happiness is always the outcome of a situation. The main premise of virtue theory lies upon three main principles; virtues, practical wisdom and eudemonia. A virtue is a mean state which lays between two vices. A virtue is a characteristic a virtuous person possesses, for example courage. Courage is a virtue which lays between 'cowardice ' and ‘foolhardiness’. Virtue can vary in meaning for each individual depending on their background and history.
In this seminar the researcher will addressed to ethical dilemmas, these ethical dilemmas will be two complex situations that often involves an apparent conflict in which will result in transgressing another. In every organization individuals face ethical and moral dilemmas, which is definitely a product of the minds of the leaders of the organization. According to Durkheim 2013, ethics really tackles the fundamental questions about one’s human life which relates to how people live and should do in particular situations. However, what is the difference between ethical issue and moral issues? Durkheim 2013 notes that, our morals and values are attribute to a system of beliefs, it may be religion, political or philosophical. Ethics is really how business owners apply those beliefs in their short and long-term goals. Additionally, each concept is intertwined and must be applied carefully to maintain an image of professionalism as well as accountability. Durkheim 2013 notes that, there is definitely a difference between morals and ethics, morals defines one personal characters while ethics stresses a social system in which ones morals are applied.
Virtue ethics is a theory that focuses on character development. Virtue is used to make moral decisions and it solely depends on an individual himself. Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers and also a student of Plato, wrote on a wide range of subjects including virtue ethics. According to him, virtue means being able to fulfill one’s function, instead of asking ‘what is the right action?’ one should ask oneself ‘what kind of person should I become?’ It has more to do with character and the nature of what it is to be human, than with the rights and
In the first part of the assignment, we are required to share and discuss the terms of conflict and the myths that evolve around it based on our own understanding. Conflict is understood unequivocally by the influence of the way one ponders the idea of conflict. Meanings of conflict move in reverse and advance between the strife being seen as a negative or as a positive procedure. (Lyamouri-Bajja, Genneby, Markosyan and Ohana, 2012). Sometimes, conflict is presented as a marvel characteristic, an outsider or irregular occurrence in social life, but others consider it as an important condition for the advancement and development
Conflict is an inevitable element of life; we all go through conflict in every ramification of our life: in relationships, family of origin and even workplaces. What is conflict? Interpersonal conflict can be defined as an “expressed struggle between two or more interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources, and interference from others in achieving their goals” (Wilmot an, 2011, pg.11). It is important to note that conflict is not always bad and it can range from a mild disagreement to outright war between two parties. In this paper, I will analyze my conflict situation using some conflict resolution concepts and also substantiate insights on how my conflict could have been better handled.