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Subject and Object
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Today the terms subject and object usually denote the person who knows (the epistemic subject) as distinct from what is known (the object of cognition). Most of the common meanings of subjective derive from this definition of subject (Subjectivity). In everyday usage, though, objective usually describes something that is not subjective, the thing as it truly is. This everyday usage was preceded by a complex history of subject and object as technical philosophical terms, closely tied to the development of epistemology and metaphysics.

Subject derives from Latin subie…

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Schnepf, Robert, “Subject and Object”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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