The Novareté Ethics Engine

Building Culture Through Virtue-Ethics

Novareté defines your company values in terms of “virtues” – the universally recognized expression of moral excellence.

The Novareté Ethics Engine integrates the Cardinal Virtues with Moral Virtues, Moral Principles, and Moral Precepts to form a powerful virtue-ethics framework – the vocabulary of ethics.

Novareté is the only platform that enables your organization to define and express values in your terms, while connecting your values definitions into the framework of virtue-ethics terms. The result is a precisely refined and relevant vocabulary that articulates, clarifies and reinforces your values.

The Four Cardinal Virtues

The cardinal virtues are the four primary moral virtues upon which all other moral virtues depend. These virtues are stable dispositions of the intellect and will that govern our acts and order our passions. They can be practiced by anyone; thus, they represent the foundation of natural morality.

We develop human virtue by practicing the moral virtues. The virtuous person tends toward the good and chooses it in thought and action.

Temperance moderates the desire for pleasure and provides balance in the use of material things. The temperate person directs sensory appetites toward the good and uses the will to master instincts.

Fortitude ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. The fortitudinous person conquers fear in the face of difficulties, resists temptations, and overcomes obstacles to leading a good life.

Justice is the constant and permanent determination to give others their rightful due. The just person is distinguished by respect for others' rights, promoting harmony in relationships, and genuine concern for the common good.

Prudence, the charioteer of the virtues, guides the other virtues by rule and measure. It demonstrates knowledge of things that ought to be done, and things that should be avoided. The prudent person directs reason to discern true good and chooses the right means to achieve it..

Moral Principles

Moral principles are concrete expressions of our human efforts to pursue goodness and virtue. They are the foundations, or origins, of the moral virtues.

For example, “Do not lie” is a principle related to the moral virtue truthfulness.

Moral Precepts

Moral precepts are commands by legitimate authority to a definite person or specific duty in a particular situation. Affirmative precepts command; negative precepts forbid.

For example, “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” is the precept related to the moral principle “Do not lie”.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

– Aristotle

Your Values Defined, Aligned, and Reinforced

By using the Ethics Engine to establish and express your unique values language, Novareté brings those values to life through interactive features that engage natural curiosity and desire to learn.

From Kudos and Point Standings to Contributions and Dilemmas, Novareté engages your team and fosters a deeper understanding of your values, while the Wiki provides an expert knowledge base that defines and explains
organizational values.


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