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A means that cannot achieve its own end

GarretKadeDupre
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8/2/2014 9:28:58 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
A means that can't achieve its own end... is it a means?

If I ride a car 3/4 of the way to the store, but walk the remaining 1/4 of the distance, was my car a means of getting to the store?
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PotBelliedGeek
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8/2/2014 9:39:56 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/2/2014 9:28:58 PM, GarretKadeDupre wrote:
A means that can't achieve its own end... is it a means?

If I ride a car 3/4 of the way to the store, but walk the remaining 1/4 of the distance, was my car a means of getting to the store?

That is a really interesting question. I am not much into philosophy, but I will indeed follow this conversation.

P.S. I take issue with your sig, lol, but you already knew that :)
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8/3/2014 9:21:28 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/2/2014 9:28:58 PM, GarretKadeDupre wrote:
A means that can't achieve its own end... is it a means?

If I ride a car 3/4 of the way to the store, but walk the remaining 1/4 of the distance, was my car a means of getting to the store?

I would say yes.

If the means was to get to the store, then anything used for the intent of getting to the store was a means to getting to the store. Therefore, since driving the car (even if the incomplete distance) was an action to get to the store then it is therefore a means to get to the store.

A -> Z

A = B, C, D...

B, C, D -> Z

All things A are a means to achieve Z. B, C, and D are all things A. Therefore B, C, and D were all means to achieve Z.
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8/3/2014 11:36:47 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I agree with Crypto. We would call anything a means to an end as long as it assisted us in that processes. If I wanted to open a restaurant but didn't have enough money I would borrow it. Borrowing money in this case is a means to an end even if it did not accomplish the end on it's own.
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8/3/2014 8:25:40 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/2/2014 9:28:58 PM, GarretKadeDupre wrote:
A means that can't achieve its own end... is it a means?

If I ride a car 3/4 of the way to the store, but walk the remaining 1/4 of the distance, was my car a means of getting to the store?

Even if you drove the entire way, you would still have to walk into the store.