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Pluralism refers to tolerance for different types of ideas, persons, or groups. For example, religious pluralism, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, is a policy allowing different religious groups to coexist in the United States.

  • "The successful writer actually wants everyone to have his say, even if he disagrees with your take on matters. That’s the American way ..." [1]

Pluralism is the opposite of xenophobia (hatred of strangers), majoritarianism and nativism (giving preference to the native born and attacking immigrants who bring different values of ways of life).

In philosophy

Pluralism is the belief that reality consists of many different substances (including abstract objects and universals) in addition to the fundamentally mindless arrangements or interactions of matter-energy in space-time.[2]


  1. Andre Klavan interview: We're at war but Hollywood is still stuck in Vietnam
  2. The Reader's Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary: including Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Ditionary, 1966, The Reader's Digest Association, Pleasantville, New York. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 66-21606 | pluralism (p. 1040a)