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de·ter·min·ism

 (dĭ-tûr′mə-nĭz′əm)
n.
The philosophical doctrine that every state of affairs, including every human event, act, and decision, is the inevitable consequence of antecedent states of affairs.

de·ter′min·ist n.
de·ter′min·is′tic adj.
de·ter′min·is′ti·cal·ly adv.

determinism

(dɪˈtɜːmɪˌnɪzəm)
n
1. (Philosophy) Also called: necessitarianism the philosophical doctrine that all events including human actions and choices are fully determined by preceding events and states of affairs, and so that freedom of choice is illusory. Compare free will1b
2. (Philosophy) the scientific doctrine that all occurrences in nature take place in accordance with natural laws
3. (General Physics) the principle in classical mechanics that the values of dynamic variables of a system, and of the forces acting on the system at a given time, completely determine the values of the variables at any later time
deˈterminist n, adj
deˌterminˈistic adj

de•ter•min•ism

(dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm)

n.
1. a doctrine that all facts and events exemplify natural laws.
2. a doctrine that all events have sufficient causes.
[1840–50]
de•ter′min•ist, n., adj.
de•ter`min•is′tic, adj.
de•ter`min•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.

determinism

1. the doctrine that all f acts and events result from the operation of natural laws.
2. the doctrine that all events, including human choices and decisions, are necessarily determined by motives, which are regarded as external forces acting on the will. Also called predeterminism. Cf. fatalism.determinist, n.deterministic, adj.
See also: Philosophy

determinism

The theory that all events are caused, and that there is no free will.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.determinism - (philosophy) a philosophical theory holding that all events are inevitable consequences of antecedent sufficient causes; often understood as denying the possibility of free will
fatalism - a philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
Translations
determinismus
determinismi
determinizam
determinizm

determinism

[dɪˈtɜːmɪnɪzəm] Ndeterminismo m

determinism

[dɪˈtɜːrmɪnɪzəm] ndéterminisme m

determinism

determinism

[dɪˈtɜːmɪˌnɪzəm] ndeterminismo

de·ter·mi·nism

n. determinismo, teoría que establece que todo fenómeno influido físico o psíquico está predeterminado y no es influido por la voluntad individual.
References in classic literature ?
His creed of determinism was such that it almost amounted to a vice, and quite amounted, on its negative side, to a renunciative philosophy which had cousinship with that of Schopenhauer and Leopardi.
Needless to say, such a line of reasoning is firmly grounded in the tradition of cultural determinism with its roots in a vulgar interpretation of the writings of German sociologist Max Weber, the famous author of "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
His closing argument is that since it cannot be proved, true determinism must not exist.
The first argument precedes by assuming determinism from the outset, which Balaguer rightly criticizes for assuming precisely what it means to conclude.
She focuses upon the question of whether, if causal determinism is true, a person can ever have the ability to act differently from the way in which he does in fact act, rather than upon the compatibility of determinism with moral responsibility (3).
Determinism presupposes that a metaphysically maximalist nomological (lawful) necessity--what Jay Garfield describes as the "cement of the universe" (4)--serves as the truth condition for any instantiations of the conditionality formula.
In philosophical discussion of the relation of mind and body, the most heated debate throughout the history of philosophy, which continues today as strong as ever, has been that of free will versus determinism.
According to the author, the book may be read "as a sustained argument against the hegemonies of biological determinism and economic determinism.
To posit a causal relation between print and democracy, then, is what Warner and others have called "technological determinism.
The next section presents Yoder's critique of historical determinism.
Balancing privacy and openness was therefore the architect's principal challenge in a design process that investigated the relationship between spatial determinism and freedom of use.
Such genetic determinism helped to justify 250 years of enslavement of African-Americans, attempts at cultural genocide against Native Americans, and segregation and U.