Liberalism vs Relativism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between liberalism and relativism

is that liberalism is the quality of being liberal while relativism is (uncountable|philosophy) the theory, especially in ethics or aesthetics, that conceptions of truth and moral values are not absolute but are relative to the persons or groups holding them.

liberalism

English

Noun

  • The quality of being liberal.
  • Any political movement founded on the autonomy and personal freedom of the individual, progress and reform, and government by law with the consent of the governed.
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  • An economic theory in favour of laissez faire and the free market.
  • relativism

    Noun

  • (uncountable, philosophy) The theory, especially in ethics or aesthetics, that conceptions of truth and moral values are not absolute but are relative to the persons or groups holding them.
  • (countable, philosophy) A specific such theory, advocated by a particular philosopher or school of thought.
  • * 2008 , Paul Boghossian, “Replies to Wright, MacFarlane and Sosa,” Philosophical Studies , vol. 141, no. 3, p. 413:
  • Following Gilbert Harman’s lead, my own formulation of relativism' about the normative domain was based on the classic examples of thoroughgoing ' relativisms drawn from physics.

    See also

    * alternativism * pragmatism