Can a person truly know and/or experience anything objectively?
The title of this paper has been a question that has made many philosophers very busy. During research of this question I found that there are particular terms to learn, when it comes to discussing anything objectively. In this paper, I will share information found and my own experiences to explain the question and to give a response. There will be three sections of information regarding objectivity. Beginning with a terminology section, this section will define the terms used explain objectivity. After that there will be a section on historical philosophical theories of objective reality. Last but not least will be a conclusion with my response to knowing if we truly know anything about or have experienced anything objectively.
Terminology of Objectivity
In reading this paper there are many terms to be familiar with. The terms “objectivity” and “subjectivity,” relate to a perceiving subject (normally a person) and a perceived or unperceived object. The object presumably exists independent of the subjects perception of it. For example, the object would be there, as it is, even if no subject perceived it. There for objectivity is associated with the ideas such as reality, truth and reliability. Objective reality refers to anything that exist as it is independent of any conscious awareness of it, using perception and/or thoughts.
Objective knowledge refers to knowledge of an objective reality. Your knowledge of another person’s subjective states can be called objective knowledge since it is presumably part of the world that is “object” for you, just as you and your subjective states are part of the world that is “object” for the other person. Also objective knowledge would be knowledge of anything other than one’s own subjective states. Objective knowledge can designate a knowledge claim having roughly, the status of being fully supported or proven. It is more accurate to refer to this knowledge as objective and subjective judgments rather than knowledge.
Subjective reality is anything depending upon some broadly constructed conscious awareness of it to exist (color and sounds as they are perceived). Also particular emotions like, my present attentiveness existing and then ceasing to exist when my mood changes throughout the writing of this paper. Subjective knowledge refers to the knowledge of any subjective reality. Many philosophers use this term to refer only to knowledge of ones own subjective states that the terms of objective judgment or belief refers to a judgment or belief based on objectively strong supporting evidence, the kind of evidence that would be compelling enough for any human being. When using the term objective reality in contrast to subjective reality, which is reality seen through out inner metal filters that are shaped by our past conditioning. Objective reality is how things really are. We only can perceive it, we cannot take in all of the reality and...