Main Question or Discussion Point
Is "objective opinion" an oxymoron? I've always thought of opinions as being subjective. Thoughts?
I agree, this was what I've always thought an opinion was. But people use it in many other ways, and in a discussion, it gets pretty annoying. "Ice cream is good" is what I would consider an opinion because it's subjective. "I am fifty meters tall" is fact because it's objective, even though the fact could be true or false.I don't think it's the opinion that can be either objective or subjective, but these terms instead describe the type of subject matter that is discussed.
Objective issues are issues where the reality is whatever it is, regardless of whether we know about it, or whether we think about it. For example, I may think that no train is coming, so I walk across the railroad tracks, but then a train runs me over -- that means it was the objective truth that the train was coming, despite my incorrect belief to the contrary.
Subjective issues are issues where there is no external truth that is independent of the mind; for example, the music of the Beatles sounds better than the music of the Rolling Stones.
Yes, I think so. An opinion is something one forms based on their knowledge, judgement, and personal experiences. You cant have an opinion if you ignore these things. Othewise it would be a fact, not an opinion.Is "objective opinion" an oxymoron? I've always thought of opinions as being subjective. Thoughts?