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How does one get from individual rights and freedom, to rational thought based on evidence and reason?

asked Oct 08 '13 at 23:07

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edited Oct 09 '13 at 13:59

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I actually see it in the opposite order.

A is A. Man is Man. Man is a rational animal, and as such must choose nearly every decisions he makes at each moment. He can choose to not see past the range of the moment, or he can take the context of his life and make reasoned judgements. What furthers his life is good, what hampers his life is bad, this is why he needs rational thought based on evidence and reason to make good, quality decisions about his life, the actions he takes, and the values he pursues.

This constitutes man's right to his own life; the ability to make those decisions for himself, freely. A corollary to this is man's inability to infringe upon that right practiced by others. Civilized society necessitates that rights be respected, or we are doomed to live short, brutish lives.

If this topic interests you, I highly recommend Dr. Tara Smith's Moral Rights and Political Freedoms, as well as her follow up book, Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics.

answered Oct 09 '13 at 08:31

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