Journal of History School


The Rise and Fall of Objectivity: A Historical Reading on Essence and Nature of Objectivity

Objectivity is one of the most debated subjects in social theory, sociology of knowledge and philosophy of science. Objectivity, in its widespread use, is examined by being equivalent to scientific activity, while the historical foundations which make this using possible are mostly excluded. Its traits, that including to be isolated from “knower’s” opinion, to be eluded from prejudice and the statement of value-free “neutral language”, are generally related to historical construction of a certain ideal of objectivity. On the other hand, we see that objectivity has been subject to a different reading in the context of “perspectivism” where it has become more controversial. In this context, the aim of this article is to present a historical discussion of these different uses of objectivity, as an ideal, about its rise and fall.


Objectivity, Impartiality, Perspectivism, Incommensurability.

Author : Emre ÖZTÜRK
Number of pages: 821-852
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Journal of History School
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