Virtue Theory (pt.1). Rels 300 / Nurs 330 18 Sep 2013. What is a virtue?. Virtue = a strength of character that promotes human well-being (self and others) often in a social context
Rels 300 / Nurs 330
18 Sep 2013
Virtue = a strength of character that promotes human well-being (self and others) often in a social context
Vice = a weakness of character that undermines human well-being (self and others) often in a social context
“A virtue is an admirable character trait or a disposition to habitually act in a manner that benefits ourselves and others.
“The actions of virtuous people stem from a respect and concern for the well-being of themselves and others.”
Brannigan & Boss, 2001
Virtue =a strength of character that promotes human well-being (self and others) often in a social context
Vice =a weakness of character that undermines human well-being (self and others) often in a social context
What count as virtues and vices in being:
Are there any virtues or vices that all of the above have in common?
I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.
Such a virtue might be
Aristotle says that virtues move a person toward a GOAL or an AIMthat is inherently valuable
“it is by the excellence of the eye that we see well”
Virtuous actions move a person towards fulfillment of a natural goal
Telos = end in the sense of purpose or goal
The highest human purpose or end, according to Aristotle, is HAPPINESS
For Aristotle, happiness as the ultimate value refers to living well, acting well, and contributing to human flourishing (or well-being)
A person’s character becomes evident in his or her attitudes and actions, and develops over time in a habitual way
Think of a nurse or nursing professor that you admire; someone whose advice you would value; someone you regard as a good role model.
Describe the characteristics that you admire. What is it about this person that you appreciate most?
Discuss in 2’s or 3’s
The good colleague is a person who contributes to human well-being by