Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Subjectivism, in Theory
Subjectivism is the philosophical notion that knowledge is mediated through individual human bias. It is an epistemological perspective that questions the possibility of absolute truth and a knowable world. This perspective implies that theory and research inquiry are shaped by subjective knowledge. This epistemological stance emerged in the twentieth century due to philosophical doubts about the ideal of an objective, knowable world. For example, literary theory suggests that language is an abstract concept in the sense that the signs (words and symbols) used to represent objects and ideas are independent of their referents. Thus, language and discourse do not come out ...