Perspectives | Lecture 3 - Word Definitions


Metanarrative - An overarching narrative that provide a structure for beliefs and gives meaning to their experiences - eg. religion

Essentialism - A belief that things have a set of characteristics which make them what they are, and that the task of science and philosophy is their discovery and expression; the doctrine that essence is prior to existence

Utopian - A state in which everything is absolutely perfect

Axiomatic - Self-evident or unquestionable

Dystopian - A state in which everything is unpleasant or bad

Scepticism - Being doubtful of something

Relativism - The idea that truth, knowledge and morality are all directly related to culture, society or historical context, and it not absolute

Pluralism - A system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist

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