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What Is Subjectivism?

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This is a nutshell version of things.

There are three basic categories we contend exist in theories of knowledge and values:  subjective, objective, and intrinsic.

In this context: Subjective refers to the notion that these things are determined entirely "inside" by consciousness with no input from the "outside" reality. Intrinsic refers to the notion that these things are determined entirely by the "outside" reality with no input from "inside" by consciousness. Objective refers to the notion that these things are determined by a particular type of interaction between the "outside" reality and "inside" consciousness - namely, the senses collect data from the outside world to present to consciousness and then reason is applied to interpreting this data, identifying and integrating it, by consciousness.

Most people and ideologies end up pulling from multiple categories at different times and topics, not just one. Objectivism regards only the objective as valid though. Keep in mind however that we regard context as extremely important and that there are some possible differences among people which we would consider to be part of context that need to be accounted for when it comes to making values related determinations.

Some related material:

http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/subjectivism.html

http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/intrinsic_theory_of_values.html

http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/objective_theory_of_values.html

http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/objectivity.html

If you'd like some examples of things that fit the categories, just let me know.

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On 3/24/2016 at 6:34 AM, bluecherry said:

If you'd like some examples of things that fit the categories, just let me know.

I would appreciate more examples.

I thought an example of subjectivism is a someone who says, you have your reality and I have mine. That we can disagree because there is no one reality. 

And therefore that there are many truths, not just one.

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