by Thierry_Judge on March 14, 2016 - 11:23pm
The definition of “extremism” that I found was from the Oxford Dictionaries. It stated that extremism was: “The holding of extreme political or religious views; fanaticism”. Before reading the definition I knew that defining the word extremism would be hard because it is an intangible and relative term. No precise definition can be given because everybody can have a different, but still valid definition for the word. I think that the Oxford Dictionaries definition has some flaws. However, I think that extremism is a term that applies to more than politics and religion. Any behaviour or moral values, without being religious can be considered extreme. Furthermore, defining the word “extremism” with the “extreme” is redundant and does not provide an adequate meaning for the word. “Extreme” is also a relative word and therefore, this definition could mean different things for different people. An adequate definition would include the fact that extremism is what is considered to be unreasonable by a majority of people with similar views.