Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

Subjectivism is the view that knowledge is subjective and and there is no external or objective test of its veracity.

explanatory context


analytical review

Encyclopedia of Marxism (1999–2008) states:

Subjectivism refers to extreme emphasis on the significance of the individual subject in cognition (as for example in the Second Positivism). In Ethics, subjectivism claims that no moral truths are possible, they are entirely relative to the person.

Dialectics combines subjectivism and objectivism for a complete understanding of the universe, emphasising for example the role of the individual in making history, while emphasising the role of society in influencing the individual.

associated issues


related areas

See also



Researching the Real World Section 1.7 for a detailed discussion of objectivity and subjectivity


Encyclopedia of Marxism, 1999–2008, 'Subjectivism', Glossary of Terms, available at, accessed 12 April 2013, still available 14 June 2019.

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