anthony Posted August 6, 2017 Share Posted August 6, 2017 For "a standard" to exist, presupposes an objective measure by which to compare and assess any entity. E.g. linear measurement has the standard of a one meter length. There have been instances I've argued against the manner, which I believe has been quite often accepted, of the Objective ethics put this way: "I am [one is] my own standard of value". I remarked critically about it on another website recently and was tackled by another Objectivist on that. But how can one BE one's own "standard" (of anything)? To whom? To oneself? For others? No, one HOLDS one's own standards. I argued this is circular and self-referencing and counters the concept of "standard". My concern is that this approach - of being one's own standard of value - must lead an internal conflict with rational selfishness and a drift into subjective egotism. In effect, this version says - Whatever I judge to be a value is of value because I chose it. But Rand is clear: "The Objectivist ethics holds man's life as the *standard* of value -- and *his own life* as the ethical *purpose* of every individual man". p.25 "The difference between "standard" and "purpose" in this context is as follows: a "standard" is an abstract principle that serves as a measurement or gauge to guide a man's choices in the achievement of a specific, concrete purpose". p25 "The standard of value of the Objectivist ethics -- the standard by which one judges what is good or evil -- is *man's life*, or: that which is required for man's survival qua man". p.23 "Man must choose his actions, values and goals by the standard of that which is proper to man -- in order to achieve, maintain, fulfill and enjoy that ultimate value, that end in itself, which is his own life". p.25 ------ I think a misreading of "man's life" may be to blame. Not "a" man's life, an "individual's life", but rather this is a metaphysical abstraction, entailing all that "man" is and should be to survive ("properly") - a principle which one has, by which to measure oneself as an objective "gauge". (Abstraction (the standard of value for the life of man, qua man) ---> application by each individual to his concrete purpose, values, goals etc..) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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