Brant Gaede Posted March 7, 2007 Share Posted March 7, 2007 Also, you must ignore the right to life. Both of those things are against your own rational self-interest.That is no proof. The question is: how do you know what your rational self-interest is? Presupposing the answer is no proof. The clearest example is Rand's surreptitious switch from "life qua existence" to "life of man qua man". The first refers only to life as such, survival as a living being, and Rand's argument is that man's ultimate value is his life. But then her argument fails, because someone who lives as a parasite or as a criminal can be very succesful in prolonging his life, and sometimes a quite comfortable life as well. Obviously this is not what Rand wants to prove, so now she suddenly switches from "life qua existence" to "life of man qua man" (read: life according to the Objectivist ideal). But that is just putting the desired answer into the argument which constitutes no proof at all, so the whole argument breaks down. The problem is that many people like Rand's answers so much that they blindly believe her claim that she can prove them, but that is an illusion. You cannot prove an "ought" from an "is".Perhaps you can't "prove" it, but you sure can get it. Where else would one get an "ought" from? And if there ought not be oughts there ought not be philosophy and morality. (?)--Brant Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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