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Definition of the noun absolutism
What does absolutism mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: absolutisms
- dominance through threat of punishment and violence
- a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
- lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
- synonyms of absolutism: authoritarianism / Caesarism / despotism / dictatorship / monocracy / one-man rule / shogunate / Stalinism / totalitarianism / tyranny
- more generic words: autarchy / autocracy = a political system governed by a single individual
- more specific term: police state = a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police
- the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
- the doctrine of an absolute being
Alternative definition of the noun absolutism
- The state of being absolute; the system or doctrine of the absolute; the principles or practice of absolute or arbitrary government; despotism.
- [theology] Doctrine of absolute decrees. - Ash
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by Domenic Marbaniang
Conflicting Absolutism “The central assumption of the ethical position of conflicting absolutism is that we live in fallen world, and in such a world real moral conflicts do occur. The accompanying premise, however, is that when two duties conflict ...
The word absolutism means without limitation. Applied to the social scheme, or government, absolutism is the antithesis of democracy. In operation there is actually no difference. A governmental system may be democratically established , but ...
Roadmap to the Regents (2003)
U.S. history and government by Princeton Review
Absolutism is the concept of a government holding unrestricted, or absolute, power.
by R. J. Barry Jones
Absolutism refers to a form of state that is based on (1) the absorption of smaller and weaker political units into larger, more effective bureaucratic political structures; (2) a strengthened ...
An Essay on Pluralism and Objectivity
Metaphysical absolutism is the view, as William James once put it, that reality " stands ready-made and complete," leaving our intellects to "supervene with the one simple duty of describing it as it is already" (1910, 123). It is the idea that there ...
The 1630s (2006)
Interdisciplinary Essays on Culture and Politics in the Caroline Era by Ian Atherton, Julie Sanders
The term absolutism is a nineteenth-century neologism, originally a product of liberal journalism.' As a historical concept it glosses over important differences between European monarchies, while implying that administrative practices flowed ...
by K. Hansen
Moral absolutism refers to therejection of relativism and of religion as mere “ preference.” This isthepart ofthe sectarian ideal that intersects with the “orthodox” positionin the culture warthesis. Finally, custodial responsibility means that ...
Essays in Relation by Robert S. Levine, Samuel Otter
Pragmatists, however, are most concerned with the process of deliberation and discovery; and for them absolutism is the greatest danger to democratic debate and right action. Both James and Holmes feared quietism and fanaticism, ...
by Josef Popper-Lynkeus
Moral absolutism is the theory according to which there are certain kinds of actions that are absolutely wrong, or wrong no matter what the consequences. It is a theory ordinarily opposed to utilitarianism that says the rightness of an action is ...
4-volume set by Hans J. Hillerbrand
ABSOLUTISM. Although applied byhistorians today to the period from the sixteenthto the eighteenth centuries, the term absolutism was not used then. The term. ®absolutism ̄. was coined in France in the 1790s to describe the principle, or the ...
by Harvey Chisick
Enlightened Absolutism: Reform and Reformers in Later Eighteenth-Century Europe (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990) ——, “Whatever Happened to the Enlightened ...
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (2010)
Over 300 Terms & Ideas Clearly & Concisely Defined by Stanley J. Grenz, Jay T. Smith
absolute, absolutism. An ethical *principle or rule deemed universally obligatory, that is, binding on all persons and under all circumstances without exception. Ethical absolutism, in turn, is the theory that ...
by Cathal J. Nolan
See also absolutism. absolute responsibility. The legal doctrine that a state may be held accountable to make amends for harm done to some party, even without being directly guilty of a harmful action that would require payment of damages.
by David Robertson
Absolutism describesapolitical theory which became popular during the17thcentury,itsmaintheorists being Bodin (c. 1530– 96) and Hobbes. An absolutist system is one in which there is no limitation onwhata legitimategovernment may ...
by Mark Bevir
The term absolutism, however, entered political discourse only in the eighteenth century, a century sometimes associated with enlightened absolutism. Absolutism is essentially a doctrine about the absence of limits to royal power. It is not ...
by Robert W. Kolb
Ethical absolutism is the belief that all individuals are held to a particular moral standard. This view establishes that certain actions are always correct while others are always wrong. No matter where in the world absolutists may be, they are ...
by Professor Edward Craig, Edward Craig
ABSOLUTISM with the monistic idealism of such thinkers as F.H. Bradley and Josiah Royce, the first distinguishing the Absolute from God, the second identifying them. See also: Idealism T.L.S. SPRIGGE ABSOLUTISM The term ` absolutism' ...
by Robert M. Martin
absolutism, ethical / cultural absolutism, ethical / cultural absurdity See RELATIvIsM / ABsOLUTIsM. absorption A rule of INFERENCE: 'If P then Q' implies 'If P, then P and Q'. In sYMBOLs: P D Q therefore P D (P & Q). abstract / concrete entities ...
by Michel Delon
The term “enlightened despotism” later became more generalized in international discussion, as it was replaced by more neutral “enlightened absolutism.” This latter term may be applied, fairly generally, to the history of Prussia, Austria ( Maria ...
Encyclopedia of Ethics (2013)
by Lawrence C. Becker, Charlotte B. Becker
The view that there are some kinds of ACTION that we should rule out absolutely is often called 'moral absolutism'. Recently it is killing the innocent that has drawn the most attention as a candidate action-type, because of the way it is thought ...
Issues, Terms, and Concepts by Lena E. Hall
however, defines cultural absolutism as being related to ethnocentrism—the ethical value of that society's culture is above all others. Howard states, “Cultural absolutists specifically argue that culture is of more value than the ...
by Edward Craig
SPRIGGE ABSOLUTISM The term 'absolutism' describes a form of government in which the authority of the ruler is subject to no theoretical or legal constraints. In the language of Roman law - which played a ...
by David Professor Robertson
Absolutism Candidates for electoral office have increasingly come under pressure to take a public stand on abortion from pressure groups on either side, and some state governments have continued to try to exceed the Roe v. Wade limits on ...
by A. Mehdi Riazi
Absolutism qualitative study achieved through an inductive data-driven approach but in light of relevant theories can then be used in a deductive theory–driven, larger-scale study. The hypothetical or theoretical constructs developed from the ...
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