3.7, Choice and Action

We cannot understand action without understanding it as chosen by the agent. We cannot understand the choice as a choice about what to do or not do which involves an end and the allocation of means. Those ends and means have been preferred above all others relative to the agent. And so, once whatever amount …

3.6, Preference and action

We are looking at the apriori elements of action. So far we have examined ends, means, and value. We still have preference, choice, time, cost, loss, profit. Today, preference. Preference is the element necessary because of the bountiful insecurity of ends and means. Let us note the bounty. Even he who is homeless may pursue …

3.5.2, Value, desire and passion

The philosophical tradition I am familiar with divides the agent into thinker and will-er. This division is in some sense unreal. The thinker is, in reality, unthinkable without will. But in other senses it, like any other distinction, allows for some nuance in analysis and so is conceptually worth while. There is no doubt that …

3.5.1, Value

In our next stage of apriori analysis of action I want to handle value. Ends are chosen because they have value. Means are chosen because they have value for achieving ends. If there is action, if there is self-directed movement toward goals with means (resources), toward the satisfaction of demand with supply, there is value. …

3.4.5, Means as Supply, and Capital Formation

We equated, in a prior post, ends with demand. Means we equate with supply. This post is going to be practical in nature. In that sense I depart from the apriori nature of the inquiry. But, there is something approaching necessity in the following considerations. There was a time when communities were limited to what …

3.4.4, On Anarcho-Capitalism and rules for the use of material means.

We are moving toward the end of our analysis of the means. There is a sense in which the means are everything. But, they are only means relative to ends. And ends are only ends relative to values. Enough. We looked to Kant (3.4.3) for prescription for the use of means. He fundamentally prescribes not …

3.4.3, On Kant and the moral rules for the use of means

We are dealing, in 3.4.whatever, with the means as one of the apriori elements of action. In this post and the next I would like to distinguish between rules for the employment of means. I will distinguish between moral rules and legal rules. The latter follows from the former, but it is not always clear …

3.4.2, Moral and Material Means.

The part of me that wants to keep things clear in the practical earthly realm wants to restrict talk to talk about earthly things. This would involve restricting talk to that which takes up space, has size, etc. But, here at Puritanical Libertarianism, we take ourselves to be interested (or at least we represent ourselves) …

3.3.3, On the End as Demand

To finish our analysis of the first apriori element of action I want to finish straight-forwardly economically. The reason for the turn to economics has to do with the thought that its interest in production has been neglected by those, like me, who would do well to digest the insights. Production of the good is …