Introduction: The Meanings of 'Objectivity'

Introduction: The Meanings of 'Objectivity'



In this chapter, the editors propose a new account for answering the question about the meaning of 'objectivity' based on the following steps. First, they determine the normative function of the adjective 'objective'. Second, they criticise those positions that argue that a negative sense of 'objectivity' is sufficient to define it. Third, they explain the reasons why reductivist attempts to define 'objectivity' are untenable. Fourth, they rule out an alternative account of the definition of 'objectivity' inspired by Wittgenstein's notion of family resemblance. Finally, in response to the defects of all these views, they argue for a new account of the definition of 'objectivity' premised on the Aristotelian notion of core-dependent homonymous. This conception allows them to show the fabric that illuminates the various senses of objectivity discussed in the volume, whose content is presented in the second part of this chapter. In the final section of this chapter, the editors sketch some possible lines of research that stem from the thoughts advanced in this collection.

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Edward Elgar Publishing


978 1 80392 262 1

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Jurisprudence | Law | Legal Theory


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Introduction: The Meanings of 'Objectivity'