cultural relativism and linguistic relativism
cultural relativism and linguistic relativismany doctrine that the concepts and values of one society or cultural area cannot be fully translated into, or fully understood in, other languages, i.e. that truly universal concepts and values are not available. See also RELATIVISM, FORMS OF LIFE, INCOMMENSURABILITY, TRANSLATION, SAPIRWHORF HYPOTHESIS.
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