from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being objective.
- n. External or material reality.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being objective, just, unbiased and not influenced by emotions or personal prejudices
- n. The world as it really is; reality
- n. That which one understands, often, as intellectually, of all and everything, of what is sensed as felt, thereof
- n. That which is perceived to be true to understanding
- n. The object of understanding
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state, quality, or relation of being objective; character of the object or of the objective.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The property or state of being objective, in any sense of that word; externality; external reality; universal validity; absorption in external objects. See objective, a.
- n. In psychology, detachment from oneself; independent existence. See the extract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. judgment based on observable phenomena and uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices
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In interpretation, because the specific individual horizon of the interpreter is constitutive for that interpretation, the term objectivity refers to the inter-subjective accessibility of the object of interpretation.
I know, I know: this is most emphatically not how we generally hear the term objectivity bandied about.
If you cannot say objectively that threatening to blow up the world's economy was an extreme position, then the word "objectivity" is meaningless.
"That kind of objectivity is really hard for the control freak."
The only way to truly guarantee objectivity is to return to the very elements of scientific discovery and that is the element of reproducibility - anyone repeating the same experiment or analysing the same data set should be able to come to exactly the same results and conclusions.
The test of objectivity is whether the story you write fairly presents the relevant sides.
Journalists will always say that they seek "balance" to maintain "objectivity," but in reality "balance" is a poor substitute for careful investigation and presentation of the facts.
It is very, very easy to accidentaly tweak out objectivity from a working program and not even realize it.
And if this is so, we must at least attempt to inject a certain objectivity to our perception of the Soviet threat, instead of assuming simplistic motives based on a threatening ideology.
Complete objectivity is only possible from a sage.