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Do we feel compelled to defend objectivity, but not subjectivity, because objectivity is a concept in the domain of the subjects' knowledge?

Objectivity https://iep.utm.edu/objectiv/ The object is something that presumably exists independent of the subject’s perception of it. In other words, the object would be there, as it is, even if no ...
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What would it be like for a person with no senses and no motor functions at all since birth?

As a sort of thought experiment trying to go to the farthest lengths of knowing oneself from the distractions of this world, I wanted to know what it would be like for a person that was born with none ...
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Are degrees of beliefs represented as probabilities just emotions?

After reading up on probability theory, it seems that there are two camps: objective and subjective probability theory. Objective probability can refer to something like the probability of a dice roll ...
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Which view is theoretically more virtuous: (1) metaphysical solipsism, (2) everything is real or (3) some things are real and some are hallucinations?

Let's consider three theories: Metaphysical solipsism. Every subjective conscious experience points to an objective external reality. Some subjective conscious experiences point to an objective ...
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Is the evaluation of art's subjectivity wrong? and what is the goal behind our interpretations of art?

if art is subjective wouldn't that will make it a tatuology? Can The statemente"I like X more than Y, therefore X is better than Y be considered a tautological argument? because it equates repeat ...
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Understanding the difference between subject and object [closed]

Sometimes, the subject is an active thing. In the sentence, "He loves her," the subject of the sentence is active. Other times, the subject is a passive thing. In the sentence "He is ...
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Is the hallucination hypothesis always the best explanation?

Suppose there are two persons A and B. A attests to having witnessed some extraordinary event, e.g. A claims to have had an extraordinary religious experience with an other-worldly entity. Let's say ...
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How to see a subject within an object?

One can explore a thing (and its sense) only forcing it to suffer (i.e. to interact with a human's consciousness) and bounding it in ideal and material worlds: its will, freedom, ability to gnosis and ...
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Subjectivity vs. Objectivity, A Mathematical Analysis

To my knowledge, objectivity is more the merrier and subjectivity a loner. That is to say, the probability of something being objective is thought to increase with the number of observers. The whole ...
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How far is this statement likely to be true, "the way what can be measured almost always takes precedence over what cannot"? [closed]

Excerpt from Rebecca Solnit's book 'Men Explain Things to Me': My friend Chip Ward speaks of “the tyranny of the quantifiable,” of the way what can be measured almost always takes precedence over ...
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Does a statement have to be true for it be objective? [closed]

For example let's say someone said "Dad just got home" as joke but the father hadn't actually arrived, or "He told you to take the trash out" but that was a lie and didn't actually ...
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When someone says "That makes/doesn't make sense" is that more subjective or more objective?

For example what if someone said "That makes sense" in response to saying "The pot will burn you if you touch it because it's hot." I'm inclined to say objective but it's possible ...
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Is saying something like "I know how to do that" or "I can't do that because I don't know how" considered objective or subjective?

I want to say these are subjective because don't they refer to a person's personal knowledge about something while still either being true or false? Or would they be considered objective?
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Would statements like "That car accident looks bad," and "It was a terrible car accident" be considered objective or subjective

I've been on the topic of objectivity and subjectivity for a while and I just wanted some clarification on these statements since they contain value judgments and I'm unsure which category they belong ...
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Is something like "that's nice" or "that's dope" in response to someone telling you they just got a new job or new car considered a subjective claim?

I've been pondering this as well as when someone says they lost their job or got their car stolen and you say things like "that sucks" or "that's unfortunate" and I'm honestly not ...
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Is a statement that is partially true such as "Apples are yellow." considered an objective statement or what?

I want to say yes because apples are indeed yellow but not ALL apples are yellow. So where does this statement fall in terms of objectivity and subjectivity?
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Is the statement "They like curry chicken." an objective or subjective statement?

I'm inclined to believe it's objective because isn't them liking curry chicken the case regardless of how anyone else feels about it?
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Subjectivity and ethics surrounding mental illness diagnoses

I learnt the term 'anosognosia'; a 'lack of insight' into one's mental disorder. People who apparently 'suffer' from anosognosia are oblivious to the fact that they have a mental disorder, anosognosia ...
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Does mental illness imply that a person's philosophy is invalid?

I noticed that in society, people use mental illness labels such as "psychopath", "autist", "narcissist" or "schizo" to dehumanize individuals and invalidate ...
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Can ethics be a continuum

Writing a paper for an introduction to philosophy course. I'm trying to argue that ethics are not simply objective or subjective, but somewhere in between, like a continuum. What I'm trying to say, ...
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Can we really measure something that's subjective?

Someone said we can't measure how creative something is, but isn't that completely wrong and dishonest? Isn't it the same as for intelligence? Isn't measuring intelligence based on a subjective model ...
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Is it necessary to freedom of thought that racist ideas must be tolerated? [closed]

Is it necessary to freedom of thought that racist ideas must be tolerated? Why isn't the paradox of tolerance (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_tolerance) also biased? In other words, why can'...
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How do we know (i.e. justify our belief) that time exists without "proving too much"?

How do we know that time exists? This is a complex question. First, we cannot make sense of a question like this without first establishing what we mean by knowledge. For convenience, let's pick the ...
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Is there an objective standard of sufficient evidence?

It's very common to hear people say that we should only believe claims that are supported by sufficient evidence. Intuitively it seems to make sense, until we realize that this recommendation begs ...
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Is objectivity necessary for anything beside communication?

By "subjective", I mean something that occurs only in a single mind and cannot be shared even in principle. A common example is pain. You cannot feel someone else's pain. You might observe ...
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Is misinformation subjective or objective?

From what I understand, and I could be wrong, the government disseminates information that people consume. The government also tells us what is and is not true. Now I am wondering, suppose ...
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Does logic give us a single definitive and universal answer for comparing the odds of unlikely events?

As an amateur who has interest in logic and mathematics I've been reading about the concept of different probability perceptions. I'd like to have your opinions over the subject below. When it comes ...
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Is it possible to quantify to what degree human experience is subjective?

On the most basic level, it is true that the world subjective in the sense that there is no absolute frame that an individual can switch over to and view the world from. However, it can also be ...
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If syntax isn’t semantics, will we abandon syntax one day to tackle the first person perspective? [closed]

Say by building experience machines once we learn how brains better work. If syntax isn’t semantics, we will never write down a depiction of the first person subjective perspective, where semantics ...
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What are the reasons for which an idea can be subjective?

What are the reasons for which an idea can be subjective? The most common reason that is brought up often is that: it is subject of personal opinion, but an idea can be subjective for other reasons ...
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How do fact and belief relate to each other?

So I understand the main differences between facts and beliefs, but is there a part where they overlap? Is it possible that there is a point where one can find similarities between both concepts? How ...
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If axioms are subjective, how could anything be objective?

Axioms are subjective (?), and, since propositions are based on axioms, isn't everything subjective? (of course, the answer should be from the perspective of someone who believes in objectivity) Or am ...
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Confusion about subjectivity

I am having some confusions about subjectivism. I am a pretty new to this subject. Here is my question: Subjectivists believe that everything is subjective, including philosophy and morals. So, how ...
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Is there an alternative to moral objectivism/subjectivism?

In a recent article about veganism/reducetarianism I argue that morality, just like "tallness" or "baldness", is both objective and subjective. It is objective in the sense that, ...
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Did logical positivists consider subjective statements verifiable?

Did logical positivists consider subjective statements such as "I like this cake" verifiable and therefore meaningful? Or did they consider that verificationism doesn't apply to claims of ...
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Does there exist truly objective thoughts?

Today I was arguing with my friend that the colour of sky is subjective. I claimed that the colour of sky is a subjective idea and a person who is colour-blind may perceive it as a different colour. ...
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How extensive is the belief in consensus truth?

Consider the following propositions, reflecting a certain individualist perspective on truth and consensus: When a person believes something, they may be wrong. When a whole society agrees on a ...
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Could there be any situation justifies crime?

I think right and wrong depends on context especially because we live in a non-ideal society. It is a moral dilemma to decide how to act if we know we can't have what we need by rightful-legal way. ...
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What is the dichotomy called when being implicitly 'without' when one says to look 'within', and what does it mean?

I think the phrase 'Look within' is used often in the context of meditation. If someone can actually perform the act of looking within, it implicitly means that someone is currently 'without', and ...
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Is my understanding of Ethics in Existentialism correct? I'm trying to get over how Sartre and de Beauvoir tackle the problem of anarchy

Please check my reasoning! Existentialism says that man is what he wills himself to be, and needs to decide his own morality. There is no overarching maxim that can a priori guide his moral judgements,...
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Is the concept of 'evidence' inherently subjective, and how does that impact the definition of 'faith'?

Claiming that something is 'evidence' of something else requires a mind observing, interpreting and coming to that conclusion. Isn't this a subjective process? If so, does this mean that the concept ...
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Queue jumping vs (Subjectivism, relativism, utilitarianism)

You are standing in the queue to take the elevator. X who arrived later than you ignore the queue and pushes ahead to enter the elevator. You try to stop him and convince him that breaking the queue ...
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Is the foundation of morality subjectively survival and happiness, and why or why not?

Many rational minds have come to attribute the foundation of morality to humankind's survival and happiness. I have been discussing with friends about why that 'humankind survival and happiness' must ...
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Is there something between objective truth and opinions?

Is there something between objective truth and opinions? Sometimes, there's no objective truth to a question, but is there a way to assess how valid an opinion is and is there a class of opinions that'...
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Is Polanyi's conception of personal knowledge accepted?

In Michael Polanyi's Personal Knowledge, the "personal" is defined with: This distinction [of personal and subjective] establishes the conception of the personal, which is neither ...
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How to respond to a novice anti-realist about how morality isn't arbitrarily subjective

Often, especially in armchair philosophy, someone usually mentions, "But morality is subjective" (as though it's arbitrarily subjective). I mean arbitrary in the sense of moral nihilism. However, it'...
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What determines who I am? [closed]

Let's assume we have multiple people with subjective first person perspective experiences. What determines which first person experience I am going to experience? This is not a trivial question, I am ...
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Lacan: a void at the heart of the subject

Can anybody explain what this Lacan's dictum exactly is? extract from book Art and Psychoanalysis by Maria Walsh: ... Lacan’s dictum that there is a void at the heart of the subject that we fill ...
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Is there a term for this interpretation of reality?

I am currently digging information in regards to subjective and objective realities and I was wondering if there is a name or a term for the following interpretation of reality. It goes like this: ...
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The role of qualia in explaining Skinner box experiments

I wonder if this point of view has been considered before and which role it does play in the discussion of consciousness: Consider a typical Skinner box experiment: A rat is exposed to some pleasant ...
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