I’ve shown what I think needs to be shown for the principle that “life is the standard of value.” That applies to all living things as such. But humans are special, and it’s their special nature that brings in the necessity of morality.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
After reading chapter 1 of Peikoff's "Understanding Objectivism," I decided to give my own induction as to why and how life serves as the standard of value.
The principle that “life is the standard of value” is not a deductive conclusion in the philosophy of Objectivism: it is inductive. It is an induction that arises from an analysis of value, of life, and of a standard, and observations of living organisms. If someone doesn’t understand that, then they do not really understand what Rand meant when she wrote that “life is the standard of value.”