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Objective And Subjective

  Something is subjective, in philosophy, if its existence is dependent on the existence of mental subjects. Experiences and thoughts are subjective in this sense, since they are dependent on the existence of mental subjects. And something is objective if its existence is independent of the existence of mental subjects. It is natural to think that planets and trees are objective in this sense, since their existence does not depend upon the existence of mental subjects.

Subjective things are no less real than objective things. If reality is everything that is the case, then it is part of reality that I am in pain. For it is the case that I am in pain, even though my being in pain is obviously dependent upon the existence of a mental subject—me. AJ

See also intersubjective.Further reading T. Nagel, The View from Nowhere.



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