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subjectivism

[suh b-jek-tuh-viz-uh m] /səbˈdʒɛk təˌvɪz əm/
noun
1.
Epistemology. the doctrine that all knowledge is limited to experiences by the self, and that transcendent knowledge is impossible.
2.
Ethics.
  1. any of various theories maintaining that moral judgments are statements concerning the emotional or mental reactions of the individual or the community.
  2. any of several theories holding that certain states of thought or feeling are the highest good.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; subjective + -ism
Related forms
subjectivist, noun
subjectivistic, adjective
subjectivistically, adverb
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Examples for subjectivism
  • However, he was a philosophical objectivist and opposed subjectivism in that sense.
  • Therefore, he is concerned that his actions will be governed by subjectivism.
  • The latter was seen as an objective measurement of reality, not susceptible to subjectivism.
British Dictionary definitions for subjectivism

subjectivism

/səbˈdʒɛktɪˌvɪzəm/
noun
1.
the meta-ethical doctrine that there are no absolute moral values but that these are variable in the same way as taste is
2.
any similar philosophical theory, for example, about truth or perception
3.
any theological theory that attaches primary importance to religious experience
4.
the quality or condition of being subjective
Derived Forms
subjectivist, noun
subjectivistic, adjective
subjectivistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for subjectivism
n.

1857, from subjective + -ism.

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