Magnitude and objectivity


The reality that the world presents is simultaneously what can be measured. Even subjective qualia—like saltiness—can be transcribed into magnitude (and so enjoy universal agreement) when we attend to their intensity. Salty and bitter may be entirely subjective, but their quantification is universal, and so objective.

The world that is really there is an abstractum from our encounter with ways-of-variation, with physical facts such as mass, volume, and position.