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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 343 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RIGORISM (Lat. rigor, stiffness, firmness), a philosophical term applied by Kant specially to those moralists who take up an anti-hedonist or ascetic standpoint. In general the term is opposed to " latitudinarianism " or " indifferentism,"—respectively a morality of compromise and a morality of pure indifference,—and signifies insistence upon the strictest interpretation of a principle, rule or criterion. Thus, in Roman Catholic theology, a rigorist holds that in cases of conscience the proper course is to adhere to the strict wording of the law in question.
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RIGORD (c. 1150-c. 1209)

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