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pluralistic adj : of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of pluralism; "a pluralistic culture"

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  1. Characteristic of pluralism.

Extensive Definition

Pluralism is used, often in different ways, across a wide range of topics:
  • Scientific pluralism, the view that some phenomena observed in science require multiple explanations to account for their nature
  • Methodological pluralism, the view that some phenomena observed in science and social science require multiple methods to account for their nature
  • Pluralism (political philosophy), the acknowledgment of diversity
  • Pluralism (political theory), holds that political power in society does not lie with the electorate but is distributed among a wide number of groups
  • Pluralism (philosophy), entirely unrelated positions in metaphysics and epistemology
  • Value pluralism, the idea that there are several values which may be equally correct and fundamental, and yet in conflict with each other
  • Cosmic pluralism, the belief in numerous other worlds beyond the Earth which harbour extraterrestrial life
  • Religious pluralism, a term used to describe the acceptance of all religious paths as equally valid, promoting coexistence
  • Cultural pluralism, when small groups within a larger society maintain their unique cultural identities
  • Economic pluralism, the diversity of business sizes, types, and industries
  • Legal pluralism, allows for moral laws that are unwritten as formal laws
  • In art, the art of the current period where every style is practiced, characterizing late 20th and early 21st century Contemporary art
  • In the sense of holding multiple ecclesiastical offices, see benefice
  • Pluralist School, a Greek school of pre-Socratic philosophers

See also

pluralistic in Czech: Pluralismus
pluralistic in Welsh: Lluosogaeth
pluralistic in Danish: Pluralisme
pluralistic in German: Pluralismus
pluralistic in Norwegian: Pluralisme
pluralistic in Polish: Pluralizm
pluralistic in Slovak: Pluralizmus
pluralistic in Finnish: Pluralismi

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