Definitions for "RELATIVISM"
the concept that a cultural system can be viewed only in terms of the principles, background, frame of reference, and history that characterize it.
The view that there are (absolutely) no absolutes - a self-refuting view. A relativist (someone who believes in relativism) believes that truth is relative, that there is no absolute truth, that our beliefs shape our reality, etc. Relativism is particularly dangerous because it means that definite moral standards get abandoned. For more information read the article Are All Religions The Same? by Dr Steve Kumar.
can be epistemological (or `conceptual'), cultural or moral. The first of these involves the rejection of absolute standards for judging truth. The second suggests that different cultures define phenomena in different ways, so that the perspective of one culture cannot be used to understand that of another. The third implies that perceptions of good and evil are matters of social agreement rather than having universal validity.
In epistemology, he doctrine that every known object is relative (in relation) to the knowing subject and as such is dependent in its being upon the knowing subject and incapable of existing apart from consciousness; the doctrine of the immanence of relations as constitutive of their being.
(philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that all criteria of judgment are relative to the individuals and situations involved
The view that one's knowledge or understanding is always limited to one's situation; nothing can be known objectively, but only subjectively.