Pluralistic



[ploo r-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈplʊər əˌlɪz əm/

noun
1.
Philosophy.

2.
Ecclesiastical.

3.
Sociology. .
4.
state or quality of being plural.
/ˈplʊərəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the holding by a single person of more than one ecclesiastical benefice or office
2.
(sociol) a theory of society as several autonomous but interdependent groups which either share power or continuously compete for power
3.
the existence in a society of groups having distinctive ethnic origin, cultural forms, religions, etc
4.
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
5.
(philosophy)

n.

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.

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