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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-N042-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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‘Pluralism’ is a broad term, applicable to any doctrine which maintains that there are ultimately many things, or many kinds of thing; in both these senses it is opposed to ‘monism’. Its commonest use in late twentieth-century philosophy is to describe views which recognize many sets of equally correct beliefs or evaluative standards; and in this sense it is akin to ‘relativism’. Societies are sometimes called ‘pluralistic’, meaning that they incorporate a variety of ways of life, moral standards and religions; one who sees this not as undesirable confusion but a proper state of things, espouses pluralism.

Citing this article:
Craig, Edward. Pluralism, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-N042-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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