This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... course of his life. Ethics, as a science, deals with discovering and defining such a code.
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The first question that has to be answered, as a precondition of any attempt to define,
to judge or to accept any specific system of ethics, is: Why does man need a code of values?
Let me stress this. The first question is not: What particular code of values should ma
n accept? The first question is: Does man need values at all — and why?
Is the concept of value, of “good or evil” an arbitrary human invention, unrelated to, underived from ...