ERIC Number: ED289802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-23
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Objectivity as Passionate Appropriation.
Objectivity is frequently described as a model of "objectivism" or transparent observation of an unproblematically given external world conducted by a completely neutral observer. However desirable objectivism is in theory, the presuppositions it makes in favor of a disembodied and decontextualized cogito, and against the inclusion of the intersubjective life-world and the affect render it impossible in practice. To the extent objectivity relies on a model of objectivism, it is itself delegitimized. In contrast to objectivism, a more legitimate model may be that in which objectivity is understood as an act of passionate appropriation, in which a committed approach to a phenomenon clarifies that which is pre-reflectively anticipated; thus the cogito is re-embedded in that which supports it. Both the transparency of the phenomenon and the neutrality of the observer are intentionally relinquished in favor of their circumspectful reincorporation into empirical inquiry. This model seeks to re-integrate the life-world and the affect, without reintroducing the willful distortions of an unbridled subjectivity. Still, while in this model objectivity becomes impossible, it also becomes fallible. Fourteen references are listed. (AEM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Humanities and Technology Conference (11th, Atlanta, GA, October 22-23, 1987).