Deduction from Axioms
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 6 October 2013, Question 4
I answered a question on deduction from axioms on Philosophy in Action Radio on 6 October 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is philosophy deduced from axioms? Often, I hear people claim that philosophy – particularly Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism – is deduced from axioms. Is that right? Personally, I don't see how that can be: How can anything be deduced from "existence exists"? But in that case, what's the purpose of the axioms?
My Answer, In Brief: The axioms are not premises for deduction in philosophy. They are fundamental concepts, implicit in all awareness of existence.
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