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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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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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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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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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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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What are some arguments against the hard problem of consciousness?

As Rex Kerr mentions Chalmers tends be where one should go to explore this question. Qualia - actual experiential datum is where at least one of the core difficulties within the hard problem; it isn'...
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Is ethics anthropocentric?

Ethics is usually thought of as being subjective. It's also usually anthropocentric as it's universally assumed (at least as far as I know) that only humans can act as moral agents. Furthermore, ...
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If vast swathes of philosophy are entirely subjective, why do we care about them?

I've heard that conservative political columnist and intellectual Ben Shapiro is currently writing a book about how he hypothesizes that the stem of the recent political shift to tribalism and ...
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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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Do IQ tests measure intelligence?

IQ tests measure intelligence, if we circularly redefine intelligence to mean an IQ test score or rating. Alfred Binet, the originator of IQ tests, devised them only to help show which school children ...
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What did Kierkegaard consider to be "reflection"?

'Reflection' in Kierkegaard is opposed to 'immediacy'. It's the state in which you form an idea about something and deal with the idea, as opposed to dealing with the thing itself. For instance, The ...
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Is it a fallacy to blame someone for an action without reason?

The team may be correct to blame Peter for the extent of the problems; however, this is unknowable from the information given. Peter could perhaps be faulted for overselling the ease of using Product ...
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What is the role of common sense in logic?

Common sense is merely non-formal, intuitive logic based on everyday experience of the real world. The advantage of formal logic over common sense is that it can deal with proofs that are vastly more ...
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What is the role of common sense in logic?

I think that what Hodges means is that most of the basic principles of logic are based on our (human) linguistic and thinking habits. Thus, the "ground" for some rules like : "if a and b, then a" ...
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