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universalize

Line breaks: uni¦ver¦sal|ize
Pronunciation: /juːnɪˈvəːs(ə)lʌɪz
 
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(also universalise)

Definition of universalize in English:

verb

[with object]
1Give a universal character or application to (something, especially something abstract): theories that universalize experience
More example sentences
  • Rather, I think it is intrinsic for humans to try to universalize experience into a form, because we are social creatures.
  • I think your question is completely irrelevant unless we define some terms and desist from universalising the experiences of ‘us’ ‘here’ as something important or even philosophically interesting.
  • One can speak of a general hesitation before universalizing discourses as characteristic of the late-modern anxiety about narratives and systems of value.
1.1Bring into universal use; make available for all: attempts to universalize basic education
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  • Kalam announced that a cess would be proposed on all central taxes to finance the commitment to universalise access to basic education.
  • It has been shown through research the world over that there are huge social benefits from universalizing elementary education.
  • Suppose you tried to universalize college education - how many people would actually go for it?

Derivatives

universalizability

1
Pronunciation: /-zəˈbɪlɪti/
noun
Example sentences
  • Stevens argues that in Marxist theory, the transhistorical necessity of relations of production, and the universalizability of these relations, grounds the epistemic privilege of workers as the future universal class.
  • Viewed in this light, the emotions in general lack that property of universalizability which many philosophers have regarded as a sine qua non of the ethical.
  • There's no mention of important ethical notions such as the distinction between hypothetical and categorical imperatives (crucial to much of what goes on in the book), or the criterion of universalisability.

universalization

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Looked at from the standpoint of oppressed identities, the Marxist insistence upon the universality of the working class appeared, in the firmament of the 1960s, as no more than the false universalization of one particular interest.
  • In that interventionary spirit, then, I would like to offer some cautionary remarks regarding these critics' hasty and problematic celebration and universalization of disjuncture, postnationalism, and hybridity.
  • The ideological characteristic of the model is manifested in various ways, mainly through the use of the three devices: normalization, universalization, and the language of power and authority.

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