What is “subjectivity”?

What does subjectivity mean?” is an important question, and one that I seem to hear very different answers to, depending on who I ask. Here I intend to answer the question as clearly and rigorously as possible, because just like objectivity, the concept of subjectivity is an important philosophical foundation. However, somewhat unlike objectivity, I believe the general population is severely confused about what this term, “subjectivity”, means. Hopefully this article brings some clarity to the table.

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What is “objectivity”?

“What does objectivity mean?” is surely one of the deepest questions we can ask. Here I intend to answer it as best I can, as rigorously as possible, because the concept of objectivity is a very important philosophical foundation, one that there has been a tendency to deny outright in different historical schools of thought. With any luck this article will explain why the concept is actually a rather self-evident, justified and well-defined one, so that we may loosen the knots we sometimes tie ourselves in and get on with tackling real questions.

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