“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.
“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.