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Objectivity: is a property of determinations about facts. It is assumed that the properties attributed to the facts are determined by the facts and are not, or as little as, influenced by the attributing person. In order to determine whether this requirement is fulfilled, consideration must be given to the methods of access to information. This goes beyond the facts considered.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Thomas Nagel on Objectivity - Dictionary of Arguments

I 9ff
Nagel thesis: While you may discredit our objectivity in individual cases by demonstrating that its sources lie elsewhere (in prejudices, desires, etc.), interpretations of these contrasting perspectives on a particular kind will be exhausted sooner or later.
, >Description/Nagel.
Nagel: the validity of thoughts does not depend on how they are used.
>Use theory/Nagel.
meaning/validity: meaning is just not the same as validity.
I 26
Objective/subjective/Nagel: the effort to identify the subjective and particular or the relative in one’s own attitude inevitably leads to the objective and general.
>Subjectivity, >Subjectivity/Nagel.
I 60
However, the practice of the community cannot be beaten by the objectivity: the language changes.
For the content of thought - in contrast to the meaning of words.
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Frank I 144
Objectivity/Nagel(1): more like a direction in which the mind can proceed - not an end point.
Objective nature of an experience is difficult to understand. - Why should experiences have an objective character at all?
With regard to this question, the brain can be completely ignored.
Does it make any sense to ask how my experiences really are as opposed to how they appear to me? - Whatever is said about physical things must be objective.

1. Thomas Nagel (1974): What Is It Like to Be a Bat?, in: The Philosophical Review 83 (1974), 435-450

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Nagel III 99
Objectivity/Nagel: the objective image of the world must be incomplete, because it cannot represent the subjective points of view at the same time. -
III 124
Objectivity/subjectivity/objective/subjective/Nagel: It does not help to enrich the objective physical image with subjectivity - because there’s nothing that would have been left out - ((s) in physical terms). - Nagel: nevertheless the objective picture is incomplete.
Solution: things do not exist only in one way - one and the same world cannot have irreducibly subjective and irreducible objective characteristics at the same time - it must be possible to reduce one to the other. - To deny this would mean to deny that there is a single world.
>Reduction, >Reductionism.
III 11
Objectivity/Nagel: a method of our minds - primarily objective/terminology: beliefs and knowledge - derived objective: truths. - III 18 objectivity: this involves generality, not physical aspects.
III 12
Objectivity/reality/Nagel: not everything that is real can be better understood the more objectively it is seen. This leads to the distinction between objectivity and reality.
Physical worldview: does not depend on the senses.
III 22
Objectivity/objectification/Nagel: Step 1) comprehending the idea of ​​the totality of all human perspectives.
Requirement: conceive one’s own experiences as universally human. - No external idea, but the generic concept of the subject.
>Subject, >Subjectivity, >Intersubjectivity.
III 24
Consciousness: the concept of consciousness cannot be detatched from any human perspective.
Ancient error: Understanding other people’s psyche/ experiences as part of the outside world.
>Other minds, >Outer world.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

NagE I
E. Nagel
The Structure of Science: Problems in the Logic of Scientific Explanation Cambridge, MA 1979

Nagel I
Th. Nagel
The Last Word, New York/Oxford 1997
German Edition:
Das letzte Wort Stuttgart 1999

Nagel II
Thomas Nagel
What Does It All Mean? Oxford 1987
German Edition:
Was bedeutet das alles? Stuttgart 1990

Nagel III
Thomas Nagel
The Limits of Objectivity. The Tanner Lecture on Human Values, in: The Tanner Lectures on Human Values 1980 Vol. I (ed) St. M. McMurrin, Salt Lake City 1980
German Edition:
Die Grenzen der Objektivität Stuttgart 1991

NagelEr I
Ernest Nagel
Teleology Revisited and Other Essays in the Philosophy and History of Science New York 1982

Fra I
M. Frank (Hrsg.)
Analytische Theorien des Selbstbewusstseins Frankfurt 1994

NagelEr I
Ernest Nagel
Teleology Revisited and Other Essays in the Philosophy and History of Science New York 1982

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