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The term absolutism may refer to:

  • Absolute monarchy, a governing body in which a monarch rules freely, with no laws or legally organized opposition; especially used to describe the period c. 1610 – c. 1789 in Europe
    • Enlightened absolutism, the actions of absolute rulers who were influenced by the Enlightenment (18th- and early 19th-century Europe)
  • Absolute space, a theory holding that space exists absolutely, in contrast to relationalism, which holds that space exists only as relations between objects
  • Absolute (philosophy), the doctrine of the Absolute, which holds that an objective and unconditioned reality underlies the perceptional objects
  • Autocracy (also known as "political absolutism"), a political theory which argues that one person should hold all power
  • Moral absolutism, the position that there are absolute standards against which moral questions can be judged, and that certain actions are either good or evil, regardless of the context of the act
  • Absolute idealism, an ontologically monistic philosophy attributed to G.W.F. Hegel. It is Hegel's account of how being is ultimately comprehensible as an all-inclusive whole
  • Graded absolutism, the view that a moral absolute, such as "Do not kill", can be greater or lesser than another moral absolute, such as "Do not lie"