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1. The quality of being subjective.
a. The doctrine that all knowledge is restricted to the conscious self and its sensory states.
b. A theory or doctrine that emphasizes the subjective elements in experience.
3. Any of various theories holding that the only valid standard of judgment is that of the individual. For example, ethical subjectivism holds that individual conscience is the only appropriate standard for moral judgment.

sub·jec′tiv·ist n.
sub·jec′tiv·is′tic adj.
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Noun1.subjectivist - a person who subscribes to subjectivism
intellectual, intellect - a person who uses the mind creatively
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On the other hand, those of us who did strive to be research economists were all sympathetic to either the public choice agenda or to Jim's subjectivist side.
It may be that Hume himself would have sought greater distance between the subjectivist bent of his philosophy and the veracity of his historical work if confronted with Long's subversive reading.
Moreover, he stressed the combination of the personal and the juridical without a significant corresponding stress on the experiential or the historical, which were associated in the minds of traditional theologians with the subjectivist and the historicist respectively.
Two key chapters, then, bring all of this together by examining the precise epistemic status of what Ameriks characterizes as Kant's "more objectivist than subjectivist attitude toward the conclusion that persons have been created for a purpose" and explores the complexities of Kant's notion of rational faith.
I have always believed that the true predecessors and inspirations for Solzhenitsyn include Christian thinkers such as Soloviev, Bulgakov, and Il'in who, like Solzhenitsyn, drew on the best of the Western intellectual tradition while firmly rejecting those scientistic, atheistic, and subjectivist currents that identified human progress with the triumph of "anthropocentric humanism.
What subjectivist and objectivist approaches share is the belief
Mises's subjectivist approach takes personal values as given and assumes that individuals have different motivations and prefer different things; buying and selling takes place precisely because people value things differently.
In my book I argue that this is a problem with every subjectivist theory of wellbeing.
His concept of opportunity cost is deeply subjectivist, as Buchanan duly noted in Cost and Choice.
According to no plausible subjectivist moral theory do I have a moral obligation to turn on the light in Promise.
One of Heathwood's arguments (but a crucial one, if a subjectivist view like Sobel's can indeed explain reasons grounded in future desires) is that 'these desires are merely a component of the reason-providing state' (98).
From another viewpoint, Damien Keown consistently ("Buddhism and Suicide"; "Suicide"; "Buddhist Ethics") refutes this basis for reasoning as giving rise to a subjectivist meta-ethics that fails to account for what should objectively determine the culpability of an act of homicide, and by extension for him, suicide also.