Facts and Values: What’s the Connection?


In this episode of “Facts, Values, and Flourishing,” we’ll consider the so-called “is–ought” or “fact–value” dichotomy, the notion that you can’t derive moral principles (“oughts”) from the facts of reality (what “is”). We’ll see how this alleged impossibility supports the popular claim that “If there is no God, anything goes.” And we’ll consider Sam Harris’s effort to bridge the fact–value gap via the idea that the standard of value is the “well-being of conscious creatures.”

Finally, we’ll walk through the initial steps by means of which Ayn Rand derived objective morality from perceptual reality.

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