l_chaim29 Posted March 26, 2008 Share Posted March 26, 2008 Ayn Rand defines a value as "that which one acts to gain and/or keep"; she also says that values make no sense without one's LIFE as thier ULTIMATE VALUE. Hmm.... Well, it seems to me that I could be suffering from a horrible illness or something (and be right in the decision to end my life) and therefore a gun, or a few bottles of pills, etc... could be a "value" to me according to that definition... In other words, in such a situation, I could act to gain and/or keep one of thes things in order to serve my purpose of being able to kill myself. Yet, in this case, the value in question would not have my own life as its ULTIMATE value. I think that this is an exception to what Ayn Rand says about ethics. Let me know what you guys think though.... Especially any of you who knew Ayn Rand personally, and who might know her mind better than I could claim to. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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