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Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction

Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

By Gaukroger, Stephen

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- Is objectivity possible? - Can there be objectivity in matters of morals, or tastes? - What would a truly objective account of the world be like? - Is everything subjective, or relative? - Are moral judgments objective or culturally relative? - Is there a core of moral judgment...s which is genuinely objective? Objectivity is both an essential and elusive philosophical concept. An account is generally considered to be objective if it attempts to capture the nature of the object studied without judgement of a conscious entity or subject. Objectivity stands in contrast to subjectivity: an objective account is impartial, one which could ideally be accepted by any subject, because it does not draw on any assumptions, prejudices, or values of particular subjects. Stephen Gaukroger shows that it is far from clear that we can resolve moral or aesthetic disputes in this way and it has often been argued that such an approach is not always appropriate for disciplines that deal with human, rather than natural, phenomena. Moreover, even in those cases where we seek to be objective, it may be difficult to judge what a truly objective account would look like, and whether it is achievable. This Very Short Introduction demonstrates that there are a number of common misunderstandings about what objectivity is, and explores the theoretical and practical problems of objectivity by assessing the basic questions raised by it. As well as considering the core philosophical issues, Gaukroger also deals with the way in which particular understandings of objectivity impinge on social research, science, and art and concludes by considering the question, 'Are we obliged to be objective?'
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ISBN 9780199606696
Released NZ 8 Jun 2012
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Series Very Short Introductions
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780199606696
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 8 Jun 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Gaukroger, Stephen
Series Very Short Introductions
Category Philosophy
Epistemology, Theory Of Knowledge
Number of Pages 128
Dimensions Width: 113mm
Height: 173mm
Spine: 7mm
Dewey Code 121.4
Weight 102g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Objectivity, PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text General/trade