[From Latin universalis: relating to all or to everything.]

  1. (ethics) The view (opposed to individualism) that the proper goal of life is the welfare of all human beings; a specific form of altruism.

  2. (ethics) The view (opposed to situationalism) that principles applying to all situations should be weighted more heavily in ethical decision-making than the particulars of time or place; deontologism is a strong form of universalism.

The Ism Book by Peter Saint-Andre

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