Alfonso Jones Posted September 23, 2007 Share Posted September 23, 2007 In the course of some reading, I just read (again) "The Objectivist Ethics" from The Virtue of Selfishness.I love this passage:"The first question that has to be answered, as a precondition of any attempt to define, to judge or to accept any specific system of ethics, is: Why does man need a code of values? Let me stress this: The first question is not: What particular code of values should man accept? The first question is: Does man need values at all - and why?"I have always viewed this as an excellent example of Rand's insight into the assumptions behind questions, and into her rhetorical skill.Note that in the alternative formulation ("what particular code of values SHOULD man accept?") the SHOULD can be used to smuggle in the notion of an obligation to some (unnamed) entity. Rand's radical rephrasing turns the question on its head, and refocuses on why MAN needs ethics - ethics are to serve man, not the basis for finding out how man servers ANOTHER entity.Beautiful,Alfonso Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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