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I think the above says it all.

asked Dec 09 '12 at 16:03

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edited Dec 10 '12 at 13:38

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I am not sure that the question makes sense, or is answerable as formed. I don't think there are varying degrees at which people reason. As defined by Rand, "Reason is the faculty that identifies and integrates the material provided by man's senses." It is always on. They can choose to ignore rational thoughts in order to satisfy other physical motivations, but even then they are making a choice. It may be a bad choice, one that rejects what their reasoning is telling them, but a choice nonetheless.

(Dec 13 '12 at 15:42) MarcMercier ♦ MarcMercier's gravatar image

The question hinges on the meaning of "morally wrong." That expression has a very different meaning in Objectivism than in more traditional moral codes. Objectivism, for example, does not recognize the existence of a Creator who issues edicts which all must obey; there are no moral commandments in Objectivism. What, then, is moral or immoral in Objectivism? Objectivism identifies morality as (1) a code of values which man (2) accepts by choice. The standard of value for man, as identified by Objectivism, is man's life qua man. This simply means that "value" for man is that which sustains and strengthens his life as a rational being. "Strengthen" here means increasing man's capacity to perform life-sustaining actions in the future. Anything less than pursuing man's life qua man is contrary to a code of morality for man. It leaves him less able to function, less alive, than he could have been. Reason and purpose are two of the three cardinal values that Objectivism identifies as essential to man's life qua man. Any course of action that undermines reason and/or purpose undermines one's life, now and in the future. Objectivism says to man: be rational and purposeful, not to please others or their gods, but for your own sake, your own life and happiness.

answered Dec 11 '12 at 15:54

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