Salespersons scoring below the median on relativism but above the idealism median were regarded as absolutists (N = 45).
05) between retail sales personnel who are absolutists and the other three groups of retail salespeople vis-a-vis their attitudes toward selling activities entailing poor customer service.
306 * A negative (-) mean difference reflects a stronger relationship for absolutists vis-a-vis the other ideological group.
Absolutists believe in ethical values that do not change as a function of situational factors (eg, cultural context, particular personal attributes), whereas relativists believe ethical values may change depending on particulars of a situation.
More recently, a regional survey of physicians found that absolutists as defined in this study were less approving than relativists of birth control medication for sexually active single women, euthanasia, and abortion.
Hypothesis 2: Relativists would be more approving of all three vignettes than absolutists.
This rejection of natural law theory will not sit well with many of those whom Epstein calls libertarian absolutists.
Natural law theorists and absolutist libertarians will no doubt have the same complaints about Epstein's book.
The fears of the absolutist are indeed well founded.
What the absolutist really fears is that the moral agent will exercise her or his autonomy rather than obey the absolute that is preordained by the external (or eternal) authority.
regulation that suppresses knowledge and imposes a single value hierarchy is not the only way to achieve such goals as clean air.
In other words, the burden of proof should be placed on the absolutist
where it belongs.