Virtues And Ethics Of The United States And Western Civilization

1162 Words Nov 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Over the course of the past century, the United States and western civilization as a whole have had front row seats in witnessing some of the greatest technological enhancements in mankind’s history. However, these improvements to our everyday life are not without their side effects. We as a society find ourselves more reliant on technology in our everyday lives with the expectations that everything will work fine and that we will be kept safe. This dependence highlights one example of the importance of virtues in engineering and how the engineer must take on the duty of looking out for the welfare of the public. I will discuss the integration of virtues into ethics according to Aristotle as well as my development as a student at Texas A&M University in order to better demonstrate the importance of virtues in engineering. Theories regarding virtues and ethics stem from the classical Greek philosopher, Aristotle. Aristotle emphasized the importance of becoming a morally righteous person, not on necessarily performing morally correct acts. One of the crucial benefits of living a virtuous life, according to Aristotle, is the concept of eudaimonia, the Greek word for happiness or flourishing. Aristotle believed that happiness is the highest good and the final aim we all strive for, and every interim action we take is simply a means to this end. For example, one might take an internship at a company to make money or gain experience. While the two outcomes may seem like what…

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