What is the Objectivist definitions for:
Then: are those the only definitions for those?
What are the nessessary definitions without extras?
Are the nessessary definitions incompatible? Why? Is there no compromise of mostly collective mostly free individual?
Objectivism identifies that a definition should consist of the essential characteristic(s) which serves to integrate the concretes which subsume a concept. As such, a dictionary definition usually serves as a starting point. What distinguishes Objectivism, however, is that the definition for any particular word per se is not the concept.
A collective is a number of persons or things considered as a group or whole. A soldier is not an army, an army is a group of soldiers. A rock is not a pile, a rock-pile is a group of rocks. 1 is something considered as a unit. Ten is a way of treating as a unit or whole, a group of ten units.
A free individual is an individual who is free to do what is not explicitly forbidden by objectively constructed law.
Collectivism is a social theory which (among other things) is willing to sacrifice the inalienable rights of the individual to the group. Individualism is a social theory which (among other things) constructs its laws using the principle of the inalienable rights of the individual as the objective basis for evaluating if a law is proper for a non-oppressed society.
To determine if a definition is valid, it is the concepts which must be validated - that is the concept needs to be related back to the concretes which made it necessary. This process is outlined in Ayn Rand's book "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology" More broadly, in order for a proposition to be true, at minimum, it must consist of valid concepts before further evaluation is warranted.
answered Dec 29 '11 at 14:14