Egalitarianism


Egalitarianism
A philosophical thought system that emphasizes equality and equal treatment across gender, religion, economic status and political beliefs. One of the major tenets of egalitarianism is that all people are fundamentally equal. Egalitarianism can be examined from a social perspective that looks at ways to reduce economic inequalities or from a political perspective that looks at ways to ensure the equal treatment and rights of diverse groups of people.

Egalitarianism may focus on income inequality and distribution and, as a philosophy, has influenced the development of various economic and political systems. Karl Marx looked to egalitarianism as a starting point in the creation of his Marxist philosophy, and John Locke considered egalitarianism when he proposed that individuals had natural rights.


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  • Egalitarianism — (derived from the French word égal, meaning equal ) is a political doctrine that holds that all people should be treated as equals, and have the same political, economic, social, and civil rights. [cite web… …   Wikipedia

  • egalitarianism — 1932, from EGALITARIAN (Cf. egalitarian) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • egalitarianism — [[t]ɪgæ̱lɪte͟əriənɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Egalitarianism is used to refer to the belief that all people are equal and should have the same rights and opportunities, and to actions that are based on this belief …   English dictionary

  • egalitarianism — egalitarian ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in accordance with the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities. ► NOUN ▪ an egalitarian person. DERIVATIVES egalitarianism noun. ORIGIN French égalitaire, from Latin aequalis equal …   English terms dictionary

  • egalitarianism — noun Date: 1905 1. a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic rights and privileges 2. a social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • egalitarianism — See egalitarian. * * * …   Universalium

  • egalitarianism — noun The political doctrine that holds that all people in a society should have equal rights from birth. Syn: equalitarianism …   Wiktionary

  • egalitarianism — The doctrine that moral and political life should be aimed at respecting and advancing the equality of persons …   Philosophy dictionary

  • egalitarianism — A doctrine which sees equality of condition, outcome, reward, and privilege as a desirable goal of social organization. The bases for such beliefs have been religious and secular, and have ranged from crude slogans such as ‘we all have the same… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • egalitarianism — belief that humans ought to be equal in rights and privileges Philosophical Isms …   Phrontistery dictionary


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