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|The new Justice League Unlimited cartoon series features The Question, a character created by Steve Ditko. The character originally was an exponent of Objectivist ideas. He's portrayed in this series as a conspiracy nut. In an episode titled "Question Authority", he shows his Objectivist roots by breaking into a speech on the nature of Identity.|
The Question: Everything that exists has a specific nature. Each entity exists as something in particular and has characteristics that are part of what it is. A is A, and no matter what reality he calls home, Luthor is Luthor.
For those alert readers, you may notice a similarity between the first two sentences of this quote and the first two sentences of the "Law of Identity" section at Importance of Philosophy, also mirrored here on SOLO. I quote the first paragraph for you:
Everything that exists has a specific nature. Each entity exists as something in particular and it has characteristics that are a part of what it is. "This leaf is red, solid, dry, rough, and flammable." "This book is white, and has 312 pages." "This coin is round, dense, smooth, and has a picture on it." In all three of these cases we are referring to an entity with a specific identity; the particular type of identity, or the trait discussed, is not important. Their identities include all of their features, not just those mentioned.You may also noticed that a google search for "A is A" puts Importance of Philosophy at number 2 (remember to use quotes). "Law of Identity" gives us a rank of #1. Coincidence?
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Added by Joseph Rowlands on 6/01, 1:34pm