Definition of Relativism

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

Category relationships: Philosophy
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory
Derivative terms: Relativistic



Definition of Relativism

1. Noun. (uncountable philosophy) 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. ¹

2. Noun. (countable philosophy) A specific such theory, advocated by a particular philosopher or school of thought. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Relativism

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Literary usage of Relativism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The term relativism, however, is more commonly applied to theories which treat of ... Modern relativism, on the other hand, though it too tends to pass into ..."

2. The Approach to Philosophy by Ralph Barton Perry (1905)
"Since the essence of subjectivism ia epistemological rather than metaphysical, its prac- tical and religious implications are relativism. various. ..."

3. The Approach to Philosophy by Ralph Barton Perry (1905)
"The close connection between the former and relativism is evident, and the form of egoism most consistent with epistemological relativism is to ..."

4. Epistemology; Or, The Theory of Knowledge: An Introduction to General by Peter Coffey (1917)
"SCHOLASTICISM AND KANTIAN relativism.—The following is another general line of objection which would make out the scholastic theory of knowledge to be just ..."

5. The Formal Bases of Law by Giorgio Del Vecchio (1914)
"EXCESSIVE relativism AND REALISTIC CONFORMITY IN INSTITUTIONS. — PROGRESSIVE UNIFICATION OF LAW. — VALUE OF THIS PRINCIPLE "PER SE" AND IN THE PRESENT STUDY ..."

6. Lectures on the Philosophy of Kant and Other Philosophical Lectures & Essays by Henry Sidgwick (1905)
"HERBERT SPENCER INTRODUCTORY : KANTIAN INFLUENCE IN ENGLAND AGNOSTICISM AND relativism IN the lectures on Green I have endeavoured to characterise and to ..."

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