Definitions for pluralismˈplʊər əˌlɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

plu•ral•ismˈplʊər əˌlɪz əm(n.)

  1. (in philosophy) a theory that there is more than one basic substance or principle. a theory that reality consists of two or more independent elements.

    Category: Philosphy

    Ref: Compare dualism (def. 2a), 2 1 monism (def. 1a). 1 1

  2. a condition in which minority groups participate fully in the dominant society, yet maintain their cultural differences. a doctrine that society benefits from such a condition.

    Category: Sociology

  3. the holding by one person of two or more church offices at the same time.

    Category: Religion

  4. the state or quality of being plural.

Origin of pluralism:

1810–20

plu`ral•is′ti•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pluralism(noun)

    a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated

  2. pluralism(noun)

    the doctrine that reality consists of several basic substances or elements

  3. pluralism(noun)

    the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time

Wiktionary

  1. pluralism(Noun)

    The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.

  2. pluralism(Noun)

    The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.

  3. pluralism(Noun)

    A social system based on mutual respect for each other's cultures among various groups that make up a society, wherein subordinate groups do not have to forsake their lifestyle and traditions but, rather, can express their culture and participate in the larger society free of prejudice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pluralism(noun)

    the quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number

  2. Pluralism(noun)

    the state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time

Freebase

  1. Pluralism

    Pluralism is, in the general sense, the acknowledgment of diversity. The concept is used, often in different ways, in a wide range of issues. In politics, pluralism is often considered by proponents of modern democracy to be in the interests of its citizens, and so political pluralism is one of its most important features. The term pluralism is also used to denote a theoretical standpoint on state and power - which to varying degrees suggest that pluralism is an adequate model of how power is distributed in societies. For information on the political theory of pluralism see Pluralism. In democratic politics, pluralism is a guiding principle which permits the peaceful coexistence of different interests, convictions and lifestyles. In this context it has normative connotations absent from its use to denote a theoretical standpoint. Unlike totalitarianism or particularism, pluralism acknowledges the diversity of interests and considers it imperative that members of society accommodate their differences by engaging in good-faith negotiation. One of the earliest arguments for pluralism came from James Madison in The Federalist Papers #10. Madison feared that factionalism would lead to in-fighting in the new American republic and devotes this paper to questioning how best to avoid such an occurrence. He posits that to avoid factionalism, it is best to allow many competing factions to prevent any one dominating the political system. This relies, to a degree, on a series of disturbances changing the influences of groups so as to avoid institutional dominance and ensure competition.

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