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The Quality of Life$
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Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198287971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198287976.001.0001

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Michael Walzer: Objectivity and Social Meaning

Michael Walzer: Objectivity and Social Meaning

(p.178) Michael Walzer: Objectivity and Social Meaning
The Quality of Life

Ruth Anna Putnam

Oxford University Press

Rejecting Walzer's project to provide a new foundation for intercultural social criticism via his theory of the social construction of meanings, Putnam modifies Walzer's account of objectivity and claims that a belief is objective relative to a conceptual framework if its truth or falsehood relative to that framework depends on how the world is rather than on what the knower thinks it is. From there, Putnam argues that the modified definition of objectivity is the only account of objectivity necessary and concludes that contrary to being adrift in the world, most human beings share a common understanding of the world and can come to cross‐cultural agreement.

Keywords:   cross‐cultural agreement, objectivity, shared understandings

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