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Life-based teleology and the foundations of ethics

Author: Harry Binswanger
Publisher: Oceanside, Calif. : Second Renaissance Books, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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Publisher description: Written for The Monist, a journal of philosophy, this article examines the nature of goal-directed action (or teleology). Dr. Binswanger methodically demonstrates that there is an inescapable connection between life and goals, i.e., that the actions of living organisms--even non-conscious ones--are goal-directed, while the actions of inanimate objects are not. In the second half of his  Read more...
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Named Person: Ayn Rand
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Binswanger
ISBN: 1561141097 9781561141098
OCLC Number: 56891164
Notes: "This article is reprinted from The Monist, Vol. 75, No. 1, Jan. 1992"--p. [1].
Description: 20 p. ; 23 cm.
Other Titles: Monist.
Responsibility: by Harry Binswanger.

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Publisher description: Written for The Monist, a journal of philosophy, this article examines the nature of goal-directed action (or teleology). Dr. Binswanger methodically demonstrates that there is an inescapable connection between life and goals, i.e., that the actions of living organisms--even non-conscious ones--are goal-directed, while the actions of inanimate objects are not. In the second half of his essay, he explains and defends Ayn Rand's validation of man's life as the standard of morality, showing how her analysis of the genetic roots of the concept "value" integrates with his thesis on teleology.

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