One of Merriam Webster's definitions of 'subjective' is: 'characteristic of or belonging to reality as perceived rather than as independent of mind'. Rand acknowledges that reality must be perceived by man (via his mind and reason) first, before he can make a rational decision on how to act morally. If true, isn't man making decisions subjectively?
asked Apr 16 '15 at 11:00
I concur completely with Greg's comment regarding the nature of subjectivism. I also see a distinctly Kantian aspect in this question: the claim that the senses distort perception somehow, so that man cannot know "true reality" as it actually is, in itself. Objectivism holds that the senses do, indeed, provide man's most basic cognitive contact with reality, and Objectivism simultaneously denies that the senses prevent man from grasping reality. Further discussion can be found in the topics of "Kant, Immanuel" and "Subjectivism" in The Ayn Rand Lexicon.
answered Apr 17 '15 at 00:56
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