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Morality is subjective?

So even if a person felt (subjective) what he was doing was right, that wouldn't, by societal standards(objective), be considered right. That's not what those terms — subjective and objective — mean. ...
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Why is there so little discussion / research on the philosophy of precision?

It think there's something confused in this question. Mathematical constants like pi are exact. Pi is the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a perfect circle on a flat plane, and the fact ...
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How do I prove that all people are illusion and only I am real in this world?

The simple answer is: a) You can't and b) It doesn't matter if we are. I think, therefore I am. Note that this statement doesn't include you, or him over there, it's a statement about me. Beyond that ...
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Descriptions of mental states: objective or subjective?

You state: it seems like Bob's attitudinal state is just another feature of the outside world. I am not sure this is true, but it is going to hinge sharply on what we mean by world. There's a ...
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Objectivity and subjectivity

Here is one concept of objectivity, taken from SEP. Let's take objective properties to be qualities of an object that exist independently of a perception of that object; for example, the primality of ...
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Why is there so little discussion / research on the philosophy of precision?

You can address this issue through significant figures, which indicate the level of precision with which a value has been measured. If I say that I walked 2 miles, that's a rough estimate - I'd be ...
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Does there exist truly objective thoughts?

You are correct, in that as we define the terms, a knowledge of a perfect objectivity is not possible. And to be pedantic, even what you refer to as the "electromagnetic wave" is not proven ...
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Confusion about subjectivity

It's easy to oversimplify the concept of subjectivism. For instance — on the most superficial level — 'subjectivism' might refer to (using non-standard terminology): Solipsism: The belief that one's ...
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Subjective Proofs

If I dare flip that on its head, "formal" proofs are not entirely as objective as one thinks, they're just objective enough that very very few people in the world have the mathematical background to ...
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Is it a fallacy to blame someone for an action without reason?

If the team were making a claim that Peter could've chosen better, and expect Peter to prove otherwise, they would be committing the Burden of Proof fallacy. Per the rules of critical thinking and in ...
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Do IQ tests measure intelligence?

Of course the answer to whether IQ test measure intelligence depends on your definition of intelligence. (And on how the test-taker is feeling on the day of the test.) But psychologists have broken ...
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How did subjectivity change with capitalism?

Capitalism for Marx I go along with David Miller's working definition of what capitalism meant for Marx : Capitalism - This is understood in Marx's nineteenth- century sense, as an economic ...
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Is it necessary to freedom of thought that racist ideas must be tolerated?

The core (generally unrecognized) problem here is that public speech has two components: The semantic element, comprised of the production, expression, and elaboration of meaning (thoughts and ideas),...
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What is the sense of primitive expressions?

I think that there is a sense in which a B theorist will likely agree that tensed expressions (is / was / will / etc) are primitive and unanalysable. A B theorist will typically not hold that tensed ...
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Is the statement "I'm drunk" subjective or objective?

Objective is verifiable against a standard/definition From Wikipedia: Objective (philosophy) Objectivity is a central philosophical concept, objective means being independent of the perceptions ...
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Is coherence subjective

Well, "incoherent" isn't set terminology. I'll go over which concepts are used to evaluate arguments and how they might relate to arguments being called "incoherent". If we want to formally reject an ...
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Objectivity and subjectivity

My childhood tutor in philosophy suggested that objectivity and subjectivity are a single spectrum. An attribute of the attributes that we assign objects. Its value on this spectrum might be ...
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How can there be multiple "points of view" in the world?

While this falls short of resolving the paradox, the following references may be helpful. JJ Valberg in his Dream, Death, and the Self explores similar paradoxes -- what he calls "extraphilosophical ...
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Is the concept of 'evidence' inherently subjective, and how does that impact the definition of 'faith'?

People often confuse the meaning of the word "evidence". They say an observation is "evidence for" a theory or "evidence against" a theory, as if theories are tested in ...
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Does there exist truly objective thoughts?

Tell your friend about tetrachromacy Some humans see a 4th primary colour. More on colour here: Could color be a fundamental thing about the universe? The lack of objective truth is like the lack of a ...
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Confusion about subjectivity

From E.E. Sleinis' Nietzsche's Revaluation of Values: A Study in Strategies, page 59 [Nietzsche's] position is not that any view is as good as any other view either in regard to value judgements or ...
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Is there an objective standard of sufficient evidence?

Is there an objective standard of sufficient evidence? No, there is not, in the sense of there being one standard for any decision, regardless of the topic at hand, the gravity of the decision to be ...
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Is there an objective standard of sufficient evidence?

If any given standard of "sufficient evidence" is applied objectively to different claims, each with it's own evidence, this standard leads to the conclusions that each of those claims are ...
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What are some arguments against the hard problem of consciousness?

Chalmers has a really nice overview of the critiques of the hard problem of consciousness here. Which one seems "particularly interesting" depends, I think, on how sympathetic you are to Chalmers' ...
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How would you explain the is-ought dichotomy to an "Objectivist"?

There is a quote on the Wikipedia page on Objectivism that deals with this: "[I]t is only the concept of 'Life' that makes the concept of 'Value' possible," and, "the fact that a living entity is, ...
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Subjective Proofs

It seems that you re mixing two meanings of the term "proof" : demonstration and evidence. Regarding what constitute a valid demonstartion, I think that we cannot have "subjective demonstrations". ...

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