Aristotle 's Doctrine Of Virtue Ethics

1320 WordsNov 18, 20166 Pages
One of the most powerful tools people have is introspection. Introspection has guided our decision making throughout the history of humanity, but in an age where technological development has reduced the need for full mobilization of communities, misguided youth and adults abound. There exists a vast amount self help guides, career guidance articles and related modern literature, but we might strip things back and look for atomic principles that lead to a ful lling life when followed. Aristotle provided such a set of principles in his system of Virtue Ethics. In what follows, I use Aristotle 's virtues to re ect on myself. To society, I am a potential software engineer. Hence it is appropriate evaluate how virtuous I am as such. I proceed by describing Aristotle 's formulation of Virtue Ethics, relating it to software engineering, and nally judging myself via this relation. Aristotle 's Virtue Ethics includes a notion of causality with respect to human nature. That is, under the Aristotelian philosophy we can say that all human actions have a root cause or motivation. In Aristotle 's system of virtues there includes a concept of eudaimonia, which is de ned as the state of ultimate contentment. For most of us, it would be a reasonable assumption to say that the motivation of our actions is to reach what we perceive eudaimonia to be. Such an ultimate goal is named telos by Aristotle. He calls our means to reach a telos an arete (or in english, virtue). Using these three
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