Post Author: Bill Pratt
Some statements about the world are objectively true, meaning they are true for all people, places, and times, regardless of whether anyone actually believes the statements. Other statements about the world are subjective, meaning they merely refer to a person’s preferences or tastes.
An objective statement would be: “The sum of three plus five equals eight.” This statement is not a matter of taste, but is an objective fact about the world. It is true for all people at all times in all places that “the sum of three plus five equals eight.”
A subjective statement would be: “French roast is the worst tasting coffee.” This statement is clearly a matter of taste, of my personal preference. It gives information about me, not French roast coffee; you don’t learn anything objective about French Roast coffee from the statement. It should also be clear that for all people at all times in all places, it is not true that French roast is the worst tasting coffee.
That brings me to my question. Consider the following statement: “It is wrong to rape little children for fun.” Is this statement objectively true or subjectively true? Is the statement referring to a matter of fact about the moral wrongness of raping little children for fun, or is it expressing a personal taste or preference that I have against raping little children for fun, similar to the statement about French roast coffee?
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