The most charitable interpretation presents only one facet of something’s nature.
– Nozick, The Nature of Rationality, p. 158
“Egoistisch ist es, keiner Sache einen eigenen oder »absoluten« Wert beizulegen, sondern ihren Wert in Mir zu suchen.”
Max Stirner. Der Einzige und sein Eigentum. Verlag Karl Alber. Freiburg/München 2009 . page 176.
“To be egoistic is not to attribute to a thing its own or »absolute« value, but rather to look for the value in Myself.” (My translation)
The definition of being egoistic offered by the great egoist Max Stirner shows the ambiguity of his position. The ambiguity can be seen when one asks, what it means to look for the value in Myself. There are at least two possible interpretations:
- The value the things seems to have is only a projection by Myself.
- The value of the thing derives from Myself.