Is objectivity possible? Can there be objectivity in matters of morals? What would a truly objective account of the world be like? Is everything subjective, or relative? Are moral judgments objective or culturally relative? This Very Short Introduction demonstrates that there are a number of common misunderstandings about what objectivity is, and explores the theoretical and practical problems of objectivity by assessing the basic questions raised by it. In addition to considering the core philosophical issues, Stephen Gaukroger also deals with the way in which particular understandings of objectivity impinge on social research, science, and art, and he concludes by considering the question, "Are we obliged to be objective?"
About the Author
Stephen Gaukroger is Professor of History of Philosophy and History of Science in the Philosophy Department at the University of Sydney.
Table of Contents
2. Aren't all judgements biased in one way or another?
3. Don't all judgements involve some assumptions?
4. Doesn't science show there is no objectivity?
5. Is it possible to represent things objectively?
6. Is objectivity a form of honesty?
7. Objectivity in numbers?
8. Can the study of human behaviour be objective?
9. Can there be objectivity in ethics?
10. Can there be objectivity in taste?