|This book looks like a worthwhile read and the review appears competent and informative with respect to content, but the review could use formatting changes to space the paragraphs for easier reading.|
Of particular interest to capital-O Objectivists and quite relevant here on RoR is the examination of the Motive Fallacy. Basically, one’s motives for an assertion are totally irrelevant. Whyte examines this error from other perspectives in the chapter called "Shut Up!" President Bush might have the basest or the highest motives for the invasion of Iraq. Neither case has any bearing on the effectiveness of the war. Good causes have been fought for the wrong reasons, and vice versa. What counts is the truth: empirical facts about the war and logically constructed explanations for them.
Given that the author values life, I would hope the author would appreciate the need to end arguments that clearly go nowhere, hence the value of the phrase "Shut Up!" when rightly applied.
(Edited by Luke Setzer on 9/03, 7:40am)