Definition of relativism in English:

relativism

Syllabification: rel·a·tiv·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈrelətəˌvizəm
 
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noun

  • The doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.
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    • 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

noun
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  • 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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