subjectivism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n subjectivism the quality of being subjective
    • n subjectivism (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge and value are dependent on and limited by your subjective experience
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Subjectivism (Metaph) Any philosophical doctrine which refers all knowledge to, and founds it upon, any subjective states; egoism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n subjectivism The doctrine that we can immediately know only what is present to consciousness. Those who adhere to this opinion either regard it as axiomatical, or fortify it by arguments analogous to those by which Zeno sought to prove that a particle can have only position, and not velocity, at any instant—arguments which appear, upon logical analysis, to beg the question. Those who oppose the opinion maintain that it would lead to the absurd corollary that there can be no cognition whatever, not even of a problematical or interrogatory kind, concerning anything but the immediate present.
    • n subjectivism The doctrine, sometimes termed relativism, that “man is the measure of things”—that is, that the truth is nothing but each man's settled opinion, there being no objective criterion of truth at all. This is an opinion held by some English philosophers, as well as by Protagoras in antiquity. It is a modification of subjectivism in sense 1, above.
    • n subjectivism Same as subjectivity, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Subjectivism a philosophical doctrine which refers all knowledge to, and founds it upon, subjective states
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sujet—L. subjectussub, under, jacĕre, to throw.

Usage

In literature:

In short, practical individualism, or struggle for greater freedom of thought in action, was translated into philosophic subjectivism.
"Democracy and Education" by John Dewey
SUBJECTIVISM, the doctrine of the pure relativity of knowledge, or that it is purely subjective.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Subjectivism, based on vital experience, mixes no better with this system than oil with water.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
Transcendentalism is systematic subjectivism.
"Winds Of Doctrine" by George Santayana
What is it, then, which distinguishes the outlook of great poets and artists from the arrogant subjectivism of common sense?
"Practical Mysticism" by Evelyn Underhill
Schopenhauer's Attempt to Universalize Subjectivism.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
Subjectivism leads to corruption, 170.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
But I fail to understand how any one with a working grasp of their principles can charge them wholesale with subjectivism.
"Essays in Radical Empiricism" by William James
The essential mark of the decay of Greek thought was the intense subjectivism which is a feature of all the post-Aristotelian schools.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
It has been said that the account given above and the account of traditional subjectivism differ only verbally.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
It assumes another form in extreme subjectivism.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
Subjectivism, tendency to, =1=, 249.
"The Letters of William James, Vol. II" by William James
Dewey favors the naive standpoint, and affirms that presentative realism is tainted by an epistemological subjectivism.
"John Dewey's logical theory" by Delton Thomas Howard
The fault was not wholly in the subjectivism of the movement.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10" by Various
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