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tr.v. ab·so·lu·tized, ab·so·lu·tiz·ing, ab·so·lu·tiz·es
To make absolute; change into an absolute: absolutize a moral priniciple.
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(ˌæbsəˈluːtaɪz) or


vb (tr)
formal to make absolute
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(ˈæb sə luˌtaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to render absolute; consider or declare perfect, complete, or unchangeable.
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Pope Benedict articulated his conviction for a healthy and balanced environmental approach when in his 2009 message for the World Day of Peace he wrote: 'if you want to cultivate peace, protect creation." He called for a proper relationship between humans and the environment which does not absolutise nature.
Newbigin was convinced that "the historical episcopate is a God-given focus of unity," but "to absolutise the rule of episcopal ordination in the way Anglicans are doing is to pervert the real purpose of all rules of order, and to use them to perpetuate disorder." (43)
Whilst it makes little sense to absolutise democracy, it would appear that Nigerian solder-rulers did little more than celebrate, on the country's soil, the demise of virtually all the blueprints on human and peoples' rights: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948); the European Convention for the Protection of Human and Fundamental Freedoms (1950); the New Delhi Declaration (1959); the Lagos Human Rights Declaration (1961); and the subsequent African Human Rights Charter.
Particularity or difference is valued, but not particularism, which absolutises it.
Les consequences sont radicales : afin de deployer la genese des differents aspects absolutises par le paradigme, il ne saura plus etre question de partir de l'unite de la conscience ou des concepts d'intentionnalite et de signification, afin de decliner des varietes de visees specifiques (de soi, de l'autre, des objets percus ou concus), il faudra plutot voir progressivement comment les traits attribues a la conscience en general et au langage se construisent par phases.