Concept-Formation as a Mathematical Process

An excerpt from chapter 3 on Concept-Formation from Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff.

Ayn Rand’s solution to the problem lies in her discovery that there is an essential connection between concept-formation and mathematics. Since mathematics is the science of measurement, let us start by considering the nature and purpose of measurement.

“Measurement,” writes Miss Rand, “is the identification of a relationship—a quantitative relationship established by means of a standard that serves as a unit.”

The process of measurement involves two concretes: the existent being measured and the existent that is the standard of measurement. Entities and their actions are measured by …

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