Virtue Ethics And Its Advantages

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Virtue Ethics 1. Define virtue ethics and explain its advantages and disadvantages. Use original examples to demonstrate your points. Virtues are defined as positive character traits. Ethics are moral principles that govern a person 's or group 's behavior. Within normative ethics, these two ideas converge forming virtue ethics. Virtue ethics stresses the importance of an individual’s moral principles and character traits. Instead of having cultural customs or popular opinion guide and individual’s choices and actions, in virtue ethics, positive character traits govern a person 's or group 's behavior. In other words, virtue ethics focuses on an individual’s moral character as basis for his or her choices and actions, instead of good consequences. John Wooden once said, “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” The same goes for virtue ethics, it looks at the mental and moral qualities of each individual, not just their actions. In virtue ethics, when a person has developed good character traits, otherwise known as virtues, he or she is refereed to as morally good person. Likewise, when a person has developed bad character traits, he or she is referred to as an immoral person. Furthermore, virtue is also defined as the mean between two extremes. According to Aristotle, discovery this middle way is the key to living a moral life. Yet, the question remains, how do we find this middle in order to become virtuous individuals? When a child aspires to be a major league baseball player, he practices day in and day out. Everything he does revolves around the game of baseball. When faced with the option to play so... ... middle of paper ... ...ept what couldn’t be and come up with a new plan. In the class room, I will ignore the possibility that my views and thoughts may be rejected, in order to participate more often. Though I accept others and their views, I don’t accept myself as I am. So, I will open up to new people in order to connect and network with these individuals. After all, If I don’t befriend classmates, how will I know if the accept me or not? Perhaps if I find more individuals who accept me and less that reject me, I can learn to forgive and forget about the ones that don’t? If I start by accepting the faults I have and the mistakes I’ve made, I will eventually learn to forgive myself; a compliment and supporting virtue of acceptance. I want to accept my flaws and mistakes because those things are part of who I am; they make the new me. The new me needs the virtue of acceptance to move on.

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