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par·tic·u·lar·ism

 (pər-tĭk′yə-lə-rĭz′əm, pə-tĭk-)
n.
1. Exclusive adherence to, dedication to, or interest in one's own group, party, sect, or nation.
2. A principle of allowing each state in a nation or federation to act independently of the central authority, especially in promoting its own economic interests.

par·tic′u·lar·ist n.
par·tic′u·lar·is′tic adj.

particularism

(pəˈtɪkjʊləˌrɪzəm)
n
1. (Sociology) exclusive attachment to the interests of one group, class, sect, etc, esp at the expense of the community as a whole
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the principle of permitting each state or minority in a federation the right to further its own interests or retain its own laws, traditions, etc
3. (Theology) theol the doctrine that divine grace is restricted to the elect
parˈticularist n, adj
parˌticularˈistic adj

particularism

the adherence to an exclusive subject, interest, or topic. — particularist, n.particularistic, adj.
See also: Behavior
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.particularism - a focus on something particular
centering, focus, focusing, focussing, focal point, direction - the concentration of attention or energy on something; "the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; "he had no direction in his life"
Translations

particularism

n
(Pol) → Partikularismus m; (adherence to one’s own aims) → Sonderbestrebungen pl; (of country)Kleinstaaterei f
(Rel) → Lehre fvon der Gnadenwahl
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The problem is that the rule-sensitive particularist narrows the gap in the direction of compliance with rules only if most others are not rule-sensitive particularists but are rule fetishists.
Almost since its formulation, the liberal society and its believers have been under attack from hardy, determined groups of particularists.
Now, just like other particularists, the nominalist faces problems when accounting for the difference between repeatable and nonrepeatable works of art.
Some particularists have argued that even virtue properties can exhibit a form of holism or context variance, for example, sometimes an act is worse for being kind But, on a common conception of virtuous acts, one derived from Aristotle, claims of virtue holism will be shown to be false.
Particularists, therefore, go too far in presenting the moral dilemmas in stories as evidence of Buddhists disagreeing over moral theories, and so far as I am aware, no moral theories have yet been elaborated in Buddhist sources.
My aim here is to clear out a bit of the fog surrounding these discussions by examining the reasons given by pluralists and particularists.
Particularists either reject the existence of universal principles or affirm only the procedural principle that each nation or society should draw on its own traditions and decide its own development ethic and path.
Since the old conservatives and its Junker core were particularists and not nationalists at all, the unification of the various German principalities into a national state was a kind of pyrrhic victory that would ultimately cost them dearly.
They would become stage-relative anti-formalists--radical particularists.
According to Sanua, economic as much as ideological concerns won the day for the Jewish particularists of the AJC in the 1990s and 2000s.
12) Like legal positivists in the Hartian tradition, (13) particularists are concerned with the specific facts of the matter, the social facts unique to each legal system, and likewise nationalists wish to identify the ultimate source of law within each legal system, as ascertained in the attitudes of senior legal and political officials of that system.
Against the postmodern particularists, he defends an idea of universality--but universality as a site of antagonism, not as some bland resolution.