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INDIFFERENTISM in philosophy has several partly dis connected and partly opposed meanings. (I) In Scholastic Logic it means the view that objects are neither particular only nor uni versal only, but are indifferently particular or universal according to the point of view from which they are regarded. This view was held by Adelard of Bath (about I 200) and others. (2) In the his tory of ancient philosophy "indifferentism" is used to denote the view common to the Stoics, Sceptics and Cynics, that all things are a matter of indifference except virtue, which is the only thing that has intrinsic worth. (3) Sometimes the term is employed to in dicate the view that nothing has any intrinsic value, not even the moral life, all things being essentially "indifferent," that is ascio logically neutral.

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