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Definition of the noun absolutism

What does absolutism mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: absolutisms

  1. dominance through threat of punishment and violence
  2. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
  3. the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
  4. the doctrine of an absolute being

Alternative definition of the noun absolutism


  1. The state of being absolute; the system or doctrine of the absolute; the principles or practice of absolute or arbitrary government; despotism.
  2. [theology] Doctrine of absolute decrees. - Ash

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Absolutism

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Google previewIntroduction to Philosophical Ethics: A Christian Perspective (2012)

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 ...

Google previewna

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 ...

Google previewRoadmap to the Regents (2003)

U.S. history and government by Princeton Review

Absolutism is the concept of a government holding unrestricted, or absolute, power.

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2002)

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 ...

Google previewTruth in Context

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 ...

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewMilitary Chaplains and Religious Diversity (2012)

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 ...

Google previewFrederick Douglass and Herman Melville (2012)

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, ...

Google previewThe Individual and the Value of Human Life (1995)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Protestantism (2004)

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 ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Enlightenment (2005)

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 ...

Google previewPocket 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 ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations: A-E (2002)

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.

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Politics (2004)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Theory (2010)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2008)

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 ...

Google previewConcise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2013)

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' ...

Google previewThe Philosopher's Dictionary - Third Edition (2002)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Enlightenment (2013)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia 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 ...

Google previewDictionary of Multicultural Psychology (2004)

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 ...

Google previewThe Shorter Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2005)

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 ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Politics (2015)

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 ...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2016)

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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Video shows what absolutism means. Doctrine of preordination; doctrine of absolute decrees; doctrine that God acts in an absolute manner.. The principles or ...

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All parties without exception, when they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism. (Pierre-Joseph Proudhon)
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