Virtues Of Biomedical Engineering : How Good Or Bad An Engineer?
There are various was to determine how good or bad an engineer is. Some philosophers argue that it is the consequences that determine morality (consequentialism) while other seek morality through analyzing the thought process one under goes when reaching a moral conclusion(deontology). An alternative to these predominate action theories is virtue ethics that focuses on an individual’s ability to flourish and the character traits needed to achieve it. As engineers, there are various virtues that one needs to succeed. However, before identifying these traits one must understand the Aristotle’s framework, and then analyze their own field for specific traits needed. The field of specialty for this paper is biomedical engineering.
Aristotle was the first to concretely propose virtue ethics since he believed each individual possess specific characteristic that would allow them to excel in their field of specialty. He believed that it was only through actualizing these talents that one could flourish in life and achieve eudemonia (happiness). To develop these innate proclivities, one needed to possess certain virtues. If these virtues were developed then the end goal of an individual could be reached.
These virtues were often means between two extreme character traits. One example is charity, which falls between the extremes of selflessness and selfishness. While describing this theory, Aristotle used specific terminology of eudemonia, telos, and…