Relativism vs Secularism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between relativism and secularism

is that 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 while secularism is a position that religious belief should not influence public and governmental decisions.

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

    secularism

    English

    Noun

  • A position that religious belief should not influence public and governmental decisions
  • The related political belief in the separation of church and state
  • See also

    * agnosticism * atheism * humanism * English words suffixed with -ism