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- n. The quality of being impartial; fairness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being impartial; freedom from bias or favoritism; disinterestedness; equitableness; fairness
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being impartial; freedom from bias; disinterestedness; fairness: as, impartiality of judgment or of treatment.
- n. Synonyms Fairness, honor, justice, fair play, candor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
Since Mill's utilitarian is liberal, Mill has little patience for views, which he considers caricatures, in which utilitarianism doesn't care about distribution -- Mill reiterates, over and over, the importance of what he calls impartiality, and one soon realizes that this is in fact a principle governing distribution of benefits, one that he thinks is built into the principle of utility itself.
The debate, though, will continue about whether the idea of impartiality is somehow a "false standard".
Pure objectivity may be impossible in a subjective world, but like Diogenes and his search for an honest man, impartiality is hardly an unrewarding lamp to follow.
That said, we're quite peachy with the notion that curtailing one's self-interest in the name of impartiality is a virtue.
While I understand that to effectively enforce the law a degree of impartiality is required it is a fact that some normal people will react to scum and then will tell the police exactly what happened and get locked up.
So why is this faith in impartiality reserved only for Pakistan Muslim League supporters?
Also: "The aspiration to impartiality is just that — it's an aspiration because it denies the fact that we are by our experiences making different choices than others."
There will probably be a spin-off for the Tories in all this: watch the BBC galloping to the centre as the election draws near and carefully (and probably ostentatiously as it no longer does ‘subtle’ very much) making sure that an veneer of impartiality is smeared over the whole which will last until about five minutes after the Tories win.
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Neither of these say impartiality is essentially restricted to politics, and the latter in particular notes that "BBC sites which cover a controversial or public policy matter should offer links to external sites which represent a reasonable range of views about the subject".