Absolutism is a principle that something can exist in a certain way, though it may not be objectively justified. This is the opposite of relativism in every sense.

Moral AbsolutismEdit

Moral absolutism is an interpretation of right and wrong as being strictly objective fact. Essentially what is right and what is wrong is right or wrong in every context, every time, regardless of any other uniqueness. In Piaget's theory of moral development he identified this stance as characteristic of young children.

Political AbsolutismEdit

Political absolutism is a system of politics in which there is absolute law decided by one entity. This is in its simplest form a form of one person ruling, and can exist in complex forms such as absolute monarchy.


  • Absolute idealism, an ontologically monistic philosophy attributed to G.W.F. Hegel. It is Hegel's account of how being is ultimately comprehensible as an all-inclusive whole
  • Absolute truth, the contention that in a particular domain of thought, all statements in that domain are either absolutely true or absolutely false
  • Moral absolutism, the position that there are absolute standards against which moral questions can be judged, and that certain actions are good or evil, regardless of the context of the act
  • Graded absolutism, the view that a moral absolute, like "Do not kill," can be greater or lesser than another moral absolute, like "Do not lie".

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