Objectivity and ‘First Philosophies’ [Chapter 1 of Objectivity]

In Objectivity. Cambridge UK; Malden MA: Polity Press; Wiley. pp. 19-45 (2016)
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Interest in the concept of objectivity is part of the legacy of Modern Philosophy, tracing back to a new way of understanding the starting point of philosophical reflection. It traces back to an “epistemological turn” that attended the development of New Science of the 16th and 17th Century. These origins are an indication that what a thinker takes as the starting point of philosophical reflection deeply affects how they approach key philosophical concepts, including truth, knowledge, and objectivity. Chapter 1 Introduces this key concept in philosophy, and some of the history of its use.

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