Digest of terms

pluralism

recognition that diversity is as intrinsic to beliefs and values as much as it is to the world of biology. Responses to it range from one of uncritical acceptance of this as both a descriptive given and normative reality to that of repudiation and replacement with a singular belief and/or value system which is instead regarded as superior to all others. Risks from individual isolation and social dislocation are practical incentives to move beyond an entirely private set of beliefs and values However, the basis for engagement with the beliefs and/or values of others is itself variable and the nature of any affirmative link or qualified consensus which might be developed is subject to serious debate. Similar philosophical argument is involved here as in response to relativism for both moral and religious education.

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