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relativism definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that all criteria of judgment are relative to the individuals and situations involved

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1865 1. a. a theory that knowledge is relative to the limited nature of the mind and the conditions of knowing b. a view that ethical truths depend on the individuals and groups holding them 2. relativity relativist noun

Britannica Concise

Any view which maintains that the truth of statements about a specified subject matter is not determinable by a universally valid method but varies depending on the person or society considering the statements or the circumstances in which the statements are made. See also ethical relativism.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. the doctrine that knowledge is relative, not absolute. Derivatives: relativist n.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Relativism is the belief that the truth is not always the same but varies according to circumstances. Traditionalists may howl, but in today's world, cultural relativism rules... ? absolutism



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