AskDefine | Define pluralist

Dictionary Definition



1 a philosopher who believes that no single explanation can account for all the phenomena of nature
2 someone who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups can exist together in society

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A person wholds multiple offices, especially a clergyman who holds more than one ecclesiastical benefice.
  2. An advocate of pluralism (in all senses)


  • Italian: pluralismo (1,2)

Extensive Definition

Pluralism is used, often in different ways, across a wide range of topics:
  • Scientific pluralism, the view that some phenomena observed in science require multiple explanations to account for their nature
  • Methodological pluralism, the view that some phenomena observed in science and social science require multiple methods to account for their nature
  • Pluralism (political philosophy), the acknowledgment of diversity
  • Pluralism (political theory), holds that political power in society does not lie with the electorate but is distributed among a wide number of groups
  • Pluralism (philosophy), entirely unrelated positions in metaphysics and epistemology
  • Value pluralism, the idea that there are several values which may be equally correct and fundamental, and yet in conflict with each other
  • Cosmic pluralism, the belief in numerous other worlds beyond the Earth which harbour extraterrestrial life
  • Religious pluralism, a term used to describe the acceptance of all religious paths as equally valid, promoting coexistence
  • Cultural pluralism, when small groups within a larger society maintain their unique cultural identities
  • Economic pluralism, the diversity of business sizes, types, and industries
  • Legal pluralism, allows for moral laws that are unwritten as formal laws
  • In art, the art of the current period where every style is practiced, characterizing late 20th and early 21st century Contemporary art
  • In the sense of holding multiple ecclesiastical offices, see benefice
  • Pluralist School, a Greek school of pre-Socratic philosophers

See also

pluralist in Czech: Pluralismus
pluralist in Welsh: Lluosogaeth
pluralist in Danish: Pluralisme
pluralist in German: Pluralismus
pluralist in Norwegian: Pluralisme
pluralist in Polish: Pluralizm
pluralist in Slovak: Pluralizmus
pluralist in Finnish: Pluralismi
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