Choosing an Ultimate End
Q&A Radio: 29 September 2013, Question 2
I answered a question on choosing an ultimate end on 29 September 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Can a person choose an ultimate value other than his own life? Ayn Rand claims that each person's life is his own ultimate value. Similarly, Aristotle says that each person's final end is his own flourishing or well-being. Does that mean that a person cannot have a different ultimate value or final end? Or just that they should not?
My Answer, In Brief: There is only one rational and justified ultimate end: a person's own life and happiness. Yet a person can pursue other values – whether genuine values or not – as his ultimate end. The results of that are not good for anyone, however.
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