Optional Values Versus Moral Values
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 27 March 2011, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 27 March 2011, I answered a question on optional values versus moral values.
Are "optional values" genuine values? Sometimes Objectivists distinguish between "moral values" and "optional values." What does that mean? Is the distinction legitimate? How does it apply to real life?
My Answer, In Brief: Optional values genuinely promote a person's life and happiness, but they are not universally necessary, but rather depend on a person's particular circumstances.
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