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1. Unpredictability.
2. Philosophy The doctrine that there are events, particularly free human actions or decisions, that have no cause or are not caused deterministically.

in′de·ter′min·ist n.
in′de·ter′min·is′tic adj.


(Philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that behaviour is not entirely determined by motives
ˌindeˈterminist n, adj
ˌindeˌterminˈistic adj


(ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm)

a theory that human actions, though influenced by preexisting conditions, are not entirely governed by them.
in`de•ter′min•ist, n., adj.


the quality of not being clearly established or fixed. — indeterminist, n.indeterministic, adj.
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According to indeterminist libertarianism, free will, moral responsibility, and social activism are incompatible with determinism pertaining to human behavior.
It tempts the radical indeterminist into an intellectual and political desert, and abandons him there alone, disoriented, disarmed, and, at last, corrupted--by powerlessness.
This indeterminist thesis is relatively unpopular in policy, parenting, and even some academic circles .
Wallace rejects indeterminist (libertarian) inflated-FW on the ground that the Buddha rejected pure chance (59-60), but Robert Kane and other libertarians have sophisticated versions of indeterminism that differentiate it from "pure chance.
While this causal model was inappropriate for the second (probabilistic) phase of modern science, it was quite some time before indeterminist probabilistic analyses of causation were developed.
6-13 [LS 62D] and Alexander's and Nemesius' criticisms (fully justified from an indeterminist standpoint) in Alexander, De fato, 196.
Moreover, as an indeterminist, Richard von Mises ought to have rejected his own relative frequency method as being founded on the assumption that the world is causally-deterministic.
Rychlik knew about Cage and was aware of the historical connections that link his indeterminist and mutually combinable compositions to the compositional principles of the Renaissance, as he put it in his study Proky novych skladebnych technik v hudbe minulost, v hudbe exoticke a lidove, (Elements of new compositional techniques in the music of the past, in exotic and folk music), which was published posthumously, within the volume Nove cesty hudby (New Ways of Music, SITV, Prague 1964).
and they say that there is not a clear frontier between visible and invisible matter, determinist and indeterminist principle, stable and unstable matter, long time living and short time living matter.
This began to steer the helm towards an indeterminist conception, heightened by the formation of careers in psychology stressing a psychoanalytic perspective, which lasts to this day (Papini, 1978).
Gliboff closes his Introduction by sharply critiquing earlier historians' collectively contradictory views of Haeckel as an anti-Catholic Monist, a Lamarckian, a determinist, an indeterminist, a materialist, an idealist, an advocate of Romantic Naturphilosophie, a Darwinist, a pseudo-Darwinist, and, at best, a minor historical curiosity.
On the other hand, by analyzing morally benevolent deeds, Blanshard gets closer to the indeterminist pole, and although murder can obviously not be considered as something morally positive, Blanshard draws a parallel between morally approvable deeds and the arts; for him it is the artist who is liberated most from any kind of determinism.