thenelli01 Posted February 14, 2014 Report Share Posted February 14, 2014 (edited) Thenelli01, In post #95 you wrote, “The fact is that there is objective criteria to determine whether an act is murder or self-defense.” I agree that there can be objective criteria to determine whether an act is murder or self-defense. However, the criteria are not objectively derived from the facts of reality. Man has created the definition of ‘murder’; it is a manmade concept. By using the manmade concept of ‘murder’ as a starting point, it can be objectively demonstrated whether the act of killing a man meets the manmade definition murder. When Ayn Rand used the word objective in the context of concept-formation, she didn't mean independent of man's consciousness. That is why she called consciousness an *active* process, which consists of two essentials: differentiation and integration. We choose what to relate by our ability to choose and to direct our awareness. "Regarding things through an active rearrangement and comparison, regarding things as similar, as members of a group, is * not dictated by reality alone nor consciousness alone, but by a volitionally established relationship between consciousness and existence." That is what Ayn Rand meant as objective. In other words, we choose what to relate, but reality dictates what relationships exist. As for objective definitions, that was covered in ITOE. Edited February 14, 2014 by thenelli01 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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