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pluralism (countable and uncountable, plural pluralisms)

  1. The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.
  2. (ecclesiastical) The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.
  3. (sociology) A social system that permits smaller groups within a society to maintain their individual cultural identities.
    • 2007, Matthias Koenig; Paul F. A. Guchteneire, Unesco, Democracy and Human Rights in Multicultural Societies, page 251:
      Instead, it is more probable that globalization is leading to a plurality of pluralisms.
  4. (politics) The belief that there should be diverse and competing centers of power in society.
  5. (politics) The acknowledgement of a diversity of political systems.
  6. (law) The existence of differing legal systems in a population or area.
  7. (philosophy) The belief that values can be simultaneously antagonistic and incommensurable.
    • 2006, Connie Aarsbergen-Ligtvoet, Isaiah Berlin: A Value Pluralist and Humanist View of Human Nature and the Meaning of Live, →ISBN:
      Due to pluralism and conflicts within the good itself, such perfection, for Berlin, is not possible. A compromise does not brin us closer to a higher telos in history.
    • 2016, Stuart Firestein, Failure: Why Science is So Successful, page 217:
      Pluralism is a creative force because it admits of multiple ways to see a thing, multiple valuable paths to choose from.
  8. (philosophy) The belief that a plural predicate refers to its individuals rather than to a collective.
    • 2014, Salvatore Florio, “Untyped Pluralism”, in Mind[1], volume 123, number 490, pages 317–337:
    • 2015, Michael Rieppel, “Pluralities and Plural Logic”, in Analysis[2], volume 75, number 3, pages 504–514:


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From French pluralisme


pluralism n (uncountable)

  1. pluralism