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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 of subjectivism
1855-1860
1855-60; subjective + -ism
Related forms
subjectivist, noun
subjectivistic, adjective
subjectivistically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for subjectivism
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  • subjectivism, the doctrine of the pure relativity of knowledge, or that it is purely subjective.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Lack of originality is a second consequence of the subjectivism of the age.

  • subjectivism served in ancient thought to invalidate knowledge not to enlarge it.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • "Objective" idealism is trying, like Mill, to escape the subjectivism of the purely individual and "psychical" knower.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • It opens up boundless possibilities of subjectivism in a man who was apparently only too matter-of-fact.

    Edward Caldwell Moore Edward Moore
  • The fault was not wholly in the subjectivism of the movement.

  • How comes it, then, that our critics so uniformly accuse us of subjectivism, of denying the reality's existence?

    The Meaning of Truth William James
  • In so far as subjectivism reduces reality to states of knowledge, such as perceptions or ideas, it is phenomenalism.

    The Approach to Philosophy Ralph Barton Perry
  • Kants view of time as a form merely of inner sense, and as having only one dimension, connects with his subjectivism.

  • subjectivism has been used as a bad name in philosophy for so long that the suspicion of it is usually resented.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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