Lecture # 6.pptx - Moral Frameworks Lecture 6 MS 215 Engineering Ethics Lecture’s Outline • Virtue Ethics Self-Realization Ethics • Virtue Ethics

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Moral Frameworks Lecture # 6 MS 215 Engineering Ethics
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Lecture’s Outline Virtue Ethics, Self-Realization Ethics Virtue Ethics Self-Realization Ethics Ethical Egoism
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Virtue Ethics Character is the pattern of virtues (morally desirable features) and vices (morally undesirable features) in persons. Virtues are desirable habits or tendencies in action, commitment, motive, attitude, emotion, ways of reasoning, and ways of relating to others. Vices are morally undesirable habits or tendencies. Words for specific virtues , remain familiar, both in engineering and in everyday life—for example, competence, honesty, courage, fairness, loyalty, and humility . Words for specific vices are also familiar: incompetence, dishonesty, cowardice, unfairness, disloyalty, and arrogance.
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Virtue Ethics The most comprehensive virtue of engineers is responsible professionalism. Responsible professionalism, this umbrella virtue implies four (overlapping) categories of virtues: Public-spirited virtues Proficiency virtues Teamwork virtues Self-governance virtues
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Virtue Ethics Public-spirited virtues are focused on the good of clients and the wider public. The minimum virtue is nonmaleficence (non-harming ), that is, the tendency not to harm others intentionally. Engineering codes of professional conduct also call for beneficence , which is preventing or removing harm to others and, more positively, promoting the public safety, health, and welfare. Generosity , which means going beyond the minimum requirements in helping others, is shown by engineers who voluntarily give their time, talent, and money to their professional societies and local communities. Finally, justice within corporations, government, and economic practices is an essential virtue in the profession of engineering.
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Virtue Ethics Proficiency virtues are the virtues of mastery of one’s profession , i.e. in particular, mastery of the technical skills that characterize good engineering practice. Few general proficiency virtue are: Competence: being well prepared for the jobs one undertakes. Diligence (Conscientiousness): alertness to dangers and careful attention to detail in performing tasks by, for example, avoiding the deficiency of laziness and the excess of the workaholic.
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