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Definitions

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  • n. The belief that the relationship between humans and the natural environment is unimportant because humans are "exempt" from environmental forces and capable of adapting via cultural change.

Etymologies

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exemptional +‎ -ism

Examples

  • It was one thing for the UN to advance the cause of human, civil, and minority rights elsewhere in the world, but if the Charter was going to pass the Senate, the United States would have to be exempt—an extreme form of exceptionalism that John Ruggie, a professor of international relations at Harvard and a former official of the UN, has dubbed “exemptionalism.”

    The Great Experiment

  • Naysayers base their illogic on exemptionalism, the notion that man stands above natural laws as a supreme being who is exempt from those laws.

    Aspen Times - Top Stories

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