Definition of relativism in English:

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relativism

Pronunciation: /ˈrɛlətɪvɪz(ə)m/

noun

[mass noun]
The doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.
Example sentences
  • However, the distinction here is between absolutism and relativism, not between absolutism and relationalism.
  • However, relativism is a philosophical doctrine that goes far beyond such obvious facts.
  • Wittgenstein sometimes appears to be committed to cognitive relativism as just described.

Derivatives

relativist

Pronunciation: /ˈrɛlətɪvɪst/
noun
Example sentences
  • Cognitive relativists do not simply assert that different cultures or communities have different views about which beliefs are true; no-one disputes that.
  • In this respect, the relativist is like the philosophical sceptic.
  • Perhaps because relativism is associated with such views, few philosophers are willing to describe themselves as relativists.

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