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    Talking relevance

    M2: The philosophy of idealism seems kind of conservative.
    M1: Idealism is often criticized as being a conservative philosophy because so much of its emphasis is on character development and preserving traditions. Idealists care about ultimate truths, so their notion of education is largely a matter of passing on knowledge.
    M2: But what's the ultimate truth? Who gets to decide what's true?
    M1: Who gets to decide what's true? Excellent question... and it's questions like this that have led to a weakening of idealism today. Developments in science and technology have changed what we've thought of as true.. Our contemporary emphasis on relevance, usefulness, and innovation - as opposed to lasting values - all of these trends have cut idealism down to size. (Hello, everybody! What does "relevance" mean in this sentence? I found two definitions for "relevant" in the dictionary - 1) connected with the subject you are discussing. 2)having ideas that are valuable and useful to people in their lives and work. I think these two definitions are both suitable for this case. Then what is your opinion? I can not figure out the meaning of the "relevance" in the context. )

    Thanks very much for your help!!

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    Re: relevance

    "relevant" in the dictionary - 1) connected with the subject you are discussing. 2)having ideas that are valuable and useful to people in their lives and work.

    The thing is that "relevance", "usefulness", "innovation" are all corporate buzzwords, invoked without end in their most general, some would say meaningless, sense. Note the discussion of philosophy, when the final object of all business enterprise is to increase market share, profits, and stock price. The meaning (2) is much better suited: they want to make a product or offer a service that is relevant, that people will buy. However, as with all discussions of corporate philosophy, all positive meanings must be taken into account all of the time.

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