Values as Objective

An excerpt from chapter 7 on The Good from Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff.

Since integration is crucial to the process of understanding, let us now connect the ethical knowledge we have been gaining to its roots in the Objectivist metaphysics and epistemology.

In general terms, the connection is evident. A morality of rational self-interest obviously presupposes a philosophic commitment to reason. But let us be more specific. Let us identify the role in this context of Ayn Rand’s theory of concepts, which is the essence of her view of reason. More than anything else, this is the theory that makes the Objectivist ethics possible.

For Objectivism, values, like concepts, are not intrinsic or subjective, but objective.

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