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What's the difference between the standard and the purpose in ethics?

In "The Objectivist Ethics," Ayn Rand claims that life is the proper standard of value, but each person's own life and happiness is his own proper purpose. I find this distinction baffling. Why isn't the standard the same as the purpose? Does distinguishing between the standard and the purpose of ethics provide any real-life practical benefit?

Anonymous , 19.03.2013, 16:21
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