- the holding by one person of two or more offices at the same time.
- plurality(def 7a).
- Sociology. cultural pluralism.
- state or quality of being plural.
Origin of pluralism
Examples from the Web for pluralist
But a democratic, pluralist Egypt is a safer neighbor in the long term than one held together by barbed wire and policemen.Why Egypt Is Too Big to Fail
Rep. Jane Harman
June 14, 2013
Theocratic democracies balance official religions with democratic institutions and pluralist practices.How To Build A Theocratic Democracy
November 1, 2012
Instead of fostering a pluralist Zionist conversation, they largely promote a limited set of views.Australia's Disneyfied Israel
October 31, 2012
Bergson is frankly and confessedly not a pluralist at all, but a spiritual monist.The Complex Vision
John Cowper Powys
"You appear to be a good deal of a pluralist," interrupted Meeking.In the Mayor's Parlour
J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
I could maintain their pace, of course: but I'm a Pluralist.The One and the Many
But, alone among post-Kantian metaphysicians, he is a pluralist.History of Modern Philosophy
Alfred William Benn
There was a great deal about the monist and pluralist views of the universe.The Letters of William James, Vol. II
- the holding by a single person of more than one ecclesiastical benefice or office
- sociol a theory of society as several autonomous but interdependent groups which either share power or continuously compete for power
- the existence in a society of groups having distinctive ethnic origin, cultural forms, religions, etc
- a theory that views the power of employers as being balanced by the power of trade unions in industrial relations such that the interests of both sides can be catered for
Word Origin and History for pluralist
1818, as a term in church administration, from plural + -ism. Attested from 1882 as a term in philosophy for a theory which recognizes more than one ultimate principle. In political science, attested from 1919 (in Harold J. Laski) in sense "theory which opposes monolithic state power." General sense of "toleration of diversity within a society or state" is from 1933. Related: Pluralist (1620s, in the church sense); pluralistic.
A conviction that various religious, ethnic, racial, and political groups should be allowed to thrive in a single society. In metaphysics, pluralism can also mean an alternative to dualism and monism. A pluralist asserts that there are more than two kinds of principles, whereas the dualist maintains there are only two and a monist only one.