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"Objectivity": An Essay by Briana Toole (Keywords: Epistemology; Methodology; Race; Power; Truth)

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From The Philosopher, vol. 110, no. 2 ("The New Basics: Society").

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If I were to ask you some variation on the question, “what does it mean to be objective?”, you might say something along the following lines: that it involves being impartial or unbiased, that it demands setting aside our own perspective, that it requires not letting our values inform our judgments. If