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The ethical issue I am addressing is one that has and always will be faced by home contractors Is building a home with lower quality materials than quoted ethical When a contractor asks himself this question he must before anything take into account his own Philosophy of Ethics The Philosophy of Ethics which I have adopted after much thought and research is Virtue Ethics Virtue as defined in Websters Dictionary Morality goodness or uprightness a special type of goodness The inception of Virtue Ethics was brought about by Aristotle a Greek philosopher 384-322 BC and scientist who along with Plato and Socrates are considered to be the most famous of the ancient philosophers Aristotle was born at Stagira in Macedonia the son of a physician to the royal court At the age of 17 he went to Athens to study at Platos Academy He remained there for about 20 years as a student than the instructorENCARTA-98 Aristotle argued that every action has a purpose and that the good of the purpose is the aim of every action He went on and gave two classifications of good good as a means and good as an end He believed that happiness is the ultimate good or ultimate purpose for what other purposes are sought for Aristotle defined virtue as ones capacity to do something well that perfects ones nature Virtue is like habit or like a mean between excess and defect Thus creating The Golden Mean moderation in all things Finally Aristotle believed that ethical principles are acquired through habitation careful training and good upbringingINTERNET-1 Aristotles belief was that to live a good life you must achieve Eudaimonia or happiness According to Aristotle achieving Eudaimonia is only possible by doing your proper function or purpose in life Aristotle also remarks that happiness is not any kind of momentary state but can be ascribed only to the entire life of a person and this means that happiness depends
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