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A Subjective Objection: Objecting to Subjection

Interplay of questions enabling transcendence of fundamental dilemmas? (Part #1)


Questions
Commentary
Subjugation versus Objugation?
Subject and object "optically contained" by metaphor?
Interrelating subject and object in terms of knowledge cybernetics
Framing otherness, but as subject or object -- objectionable or not?
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Questions

The following schema uses as a framework the classic pattern of seven WH-questions to highlight the contrasting significance of terms whose root is either "subject" or "object". The interest in this mode of inquiry derived from early participation in the Committee on Conceptual and Terminological Analysis (COCTA). The Committee was notably attentive to missing interpretations in use of terms, whether or not they were present in languages other than English.

That involvement gave rise to various explorations of prefixes (New Paradigms via a Renewed Set of Prefixes? Dependence of international policy-making on an array of operational terms, 2003; Exploration of Prefixes of Global Discourse: Implications for sustainable confidelity, 2011; Primary Global Reserve Currency: the Con? Cognitive implications of a prefix for sustainable confidelity, 2011).

In such a light, the following are useful questions, although others might be envisaged. Individual questions may well suggest several interpretations.

How:

  • meaningfully distinguishable is an object -- from a subjective perspective?
  • meaningless is a subject -- from an objective perspective?

  • best to render objective the consideration of subjects?
  • best to render subjective the consideration of objects?

  • objective is it possible to be?
  • subjective it is possible to be?

  • best to object to the unacceptable treatment of subjects?
  • best to subject objects to appropriate treatment?

  • is the subjective enshrined in an object?
  • is an objective embodied by a subject?

When:

  • is an objective subjective?
  • is a subjective objective?

  • is a subject characterized by subjectivity?
  • is an object characterized by objectivity?

  • to object to the treatment of subjects as objects?
  • to subject objects to treatment as subjects?

  • to render objective the consideration of subjects?
  • to render subjective the consideration of objects?

  • is an object transformed, if the objective is to subsume it as a subject?
  • is a subject transformed, if the objective is to subsume it as an object?

Where:

  • is subjectivity so evident in a world promoting objectivity?
  • is objectivity so undermined in a world so evidently cultivating subjectivity?

  • to render objective the consideration of subjects?
  • to render subjective the consideration of objects?

  • is it appropriate to consider objects as subjects?
  • is it appropriate to consider subjects as objects?

Why:

  • is the objective meaningful, if meaning is engendered by the subjective?
  • is the subjective meaningless, if objectivity is the basis for the definition of meaning?

  • is an objective fundamental to framing any initiative, in contrast to the seeming meaninglessness of a subjective?
  • is a subjective sense so experientially meaningful, in contrast to the seemingly ephemeral nature of the objective?

  • is a subject understood as an object?
  • is an object understood as a subject?

  • object to treatment of a subject as an object?
  • subject an object to treatment as a subject?

What:

  • is the most objectionable, if not the neglect of the subjectionable?
  • is the least subjectionable in an objectionable context?

  • modes of objectification of subjects merit recognition?
  • modes of subjectification of objects merit recognition?

  • objective is appropriate for the times?
  • subjective attitude is appropriate for the times?

Which:

  • objective is appropriate, when most engender multiple objections from subjects?
  • subjective modality is appropriate, when confronted with the totally objectionable?

  • subjects merit consideration as objects?
  • objects merit consideration as subjects?

Who:

  • is objective when challenged to encompass such a multitude of subjects?
  • is subjective when challenged by such a multitude of intrusive objects?

  • is understood to be an object, rather than a subject?
  • is understood to be a subject, rather than an object?

  • objects to the treatment of others as subjects?
  • subjects others to treatment as objects?
eatment of others as subjects?
  • subjects others to treatment as objects?

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