Plato 's Ideal Standard Of Morality Essay

1150 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Virtue theorists argue that morality is the product of the right state of soul or character. If a person performs an action, which leads to certain results, or consequences; a virtue theorist would focus on the agent, person, and issues of character and integrity. One such as Plato claimed that virtue is a sort of knowledge that is required to reach the “ultimate” good. Plato says there is an analogy between the just individuals and the just state; talking about ideals. In this essay I will explain what Plato thinks of just individual and would lead to morality, what a troubled soul looks like, and how can we use Plato’s view in engineering ethics. I will argue how Plato’s ideal standard of morality fails to coincide with our considered moral convictions. Also, how his view can be applied in engineering ethics.

Plato began with the principle of efficiency. Principle of efficiency; our needs get fulfilled better and more efficiently if we divide labor and share. Plato argued that there is an analogy to be made between the ideal individual and the ideal state. An ideal society/state consists of three main classes of people, people with gold souls, silver souls, and bronze souls. Gold souls are rulers- wisdom, silver souls are soldiers- loyal and bronze souls become producers- appetitive. Producers can’t do the job of rulers or soldiers and vice versa. Each class has specific duties, in order for the community to be “harmonious” whole everyone needs to fulfil those duties;…

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