any theory holding that criteria of judgment are relative, varying with individuals and their environments.
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How to use relativism in a sentence
We needn’t choose between wide-open moral relativism and a rigid insistence that there is just one right way to live.Are We Cut Out for Universal Morality? - Issue 100: Outsiders | William J. FitzPatrick | May 26, 2021 | Nautilus
In a few neat sentences, Perry turns the idea of moral obligation into moral relativism.Confronting George Clooney’s Critics on South Sudan | John Avlon | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But no spineless relativism is necessary to recognize that, for most human beings, realness comes in various flavors.Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers | Michael Schulson | November 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in bilateral human-rights dialogues, the Chinese continue to insist on cultural and historical relativism.Obama, Don’t Let Xi Forget China’s Human Rights Record | Yang Jianli | June 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not too long ago, that idea was kind of out of vogue, and moral relativism was the rage.
Andrew Roberts on how moral relativism is keeping bad guys from getting what they deserve.Enough With the Cliffhangers! Movies Need a Cathartic Conclusion | Andrew Roberts | March 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jefferson's relativism is even more clearly marked in the last chapter, which forms the real conclusion of the book.Thomas Jefferson | Gilbert Chinard
If this one exception is granted, the whole illusory universe of relativism is overthrown.Outspoken Essays | William Ralph Inge
The inevitable consequence is that we imprison ourselves hopelessly in the affirmation of Kantian relativism.A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson | Edouard le Roy
The former view is relativism, the latter is absolutism, in the matter of truth.Pragmatism | D.L. Murray
British Dictionary definitions for relativism
any theory holding that truth or moral or aesthetic value, etc, is not universal or absolute but may differ between individuals or cultures: See also historicism
- relativist, noun, adjective
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Cultural definitions for relativism
The doctrine that no ideas or beliefs are universally true but that all are, instead, “relative” — that is, their validity depends on the circumstances in which they are applied.
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