From: Lee Daniel Crocker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jan 23 2002 - 12:30:26 MST
> Purpose, like value, is something you assign to something,
> not a fact of nature.
Perhaps a clearer way to say this is that the "purpose" of a thing
is a relationship between that thing and some /volitional agent/.
I.e., (purpose X Y) is a two-argument predicate that requires both
an object serving the purpose and a being whose purpose is served.
To ask, then, what the "purpose" of life is requires that one first
answer "for whom?" If the answer is something like "God", then you
can say that purpose /is/ a fact of nature (as personified by the
volitional God). I, as you might suspect, don't particularly
favor this view.
-- Lee Daniel Crocker <email@example.com> <http://www.piclab.com/lee/> "All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past, are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC
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