Definitions for relativismˈrɛl ə təˌvɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rel•a•tiv•ismˈrɛl ə təˌvɪz əm(n.)

  1. any theory of knowledge, truth, morality, etc., holding that criteria of judgment may vary with individuals and their environments.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of relativism:

1860–65

rel′a•tiv•ist(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. relativism(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. relativism(Noun)

    The theory, especially in ethics or aesthetics, that conceptions of truth and moral values are not absolute but are relative to the persons or groups holding them.

  2. relativism(Noun)

    A specific such theory, advocated by a particular philosopher or school of thought.

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  1. Relativism

    Relativism is the concept that points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration. The term is often used to refer to the context of moral principle, where in a relativistic mode of thought, principles and ethics are regarded as applicable in only limited context. There are many forms of relativism which vary in their degree of controversy. The term often refers to truth relativism, which is the doctrine that there are no absolute truths, i.e., that truth is always relative to some particular frame of reference, such as a language or a culture. Another widespread and contentious form is moral relativism.

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