Absolutist


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Absolutist

A person who believes all power should belong to the state. According to absolutism, every corporation, religious organization, or other institution must give way to the state. Absolutism comes from the period in European history before and during the early development of capitalism during which monarchs attempted to centralize. See also: Fascism.
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Those recruits who manifest idealism in general and an absolutist philosophy in particular are likely to be especially desirable hires (at least with respect to their degree of ethicality).
The author achieves his stated goals of balancing the relativist and absolutist perspectives and of demonstrating the ever-changing nature of the discipline.
There were significant differences between proportion of relativist versus absolutist value adherents in the following self-label value categories: Liberal Protestant, with more absolutists than relativists (P = 0.
The first approach, called absolutist, asserts that a certain mode of reflection provides the true significance of the facts and therefore must be assigned priority over the others, which have value only in subordination to this mode.
Hurt uses his case study of the struggle between crown and parlements to argue that Louis XIV ruled as an absolutist monarch, findings that challenge a wide body of recent scholarship.
Not a Quaker himself, but a deep admirer, Kennedy's initial interest in the Friends stemmed from his earlier work on the No-Conscription Fellowship and a consequent encounter with the absolutists of the Friends Service Committee.
145] There is some evidence that Felton flirted with republicanism, but it is difficult to see class struggle here (Felton himself was from an impoverished gentry family) and a causal leap to see his action as part of an emerging "alliance of the parliamentary classes with the small-producing extra-parliamentary laboring classes" who shared a "common interest in resisting the absolutist class-state embodied in the person of .
Iran and Iraq are already internally complex and mutually hostile mixes of secular and absolutist religious and political currents.
And if Yaroslavsky subscribes to such an absolutist view about the separation of church and state, why was he, in his capacity as an elected leader, pleading last week to local pastors that they cross the divide between government and religion and aid police in combating gang violence?
These images are backed by the whole force field of absolutist monarchy--yet as images they are not especially impressive but are merely routine and forgettable exercises in court propaganda.
They discuss the differences between the absolutist and phenomenological social sciences, the traditional and phenomenological analyses of language and meaning, issues related to the nature of rules and their use in organized activities, and general questions about sociological theory, including the differences between symbolic interactionism and ethnomethodology and the nature of sociological theory and truth.
At the core of the programme was the Mass for Four Choirs by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, a strikingly independent voice from the absolutist time of Louis XIV.