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n. Philosophy
The doctrine holding that all being is necessarily in the state that it is and denying any notion of possibility.

ne·ces′si·tar′i·an adj. & n.


(nɪˌsɛsɪˈtɛərɪəˌnɪzəm) or


(Philosophy) philosophy another word for determinism Compare libertarian
neˌcessiˈtarian, ˌnecesˈsarian n, adj


(nəˌsɛs ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm)

the doctrine that all events, including acts of the will, are determined by antecedent causes; determinism.


the doctrine of the determinism of the will by antecedent causes, as opposed to that of the f reedom of the will. Also called necessarianism. Cf. determinism, fatalism, libertarianism.necessitarian, n., adj.
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The paper aims first to establish that Avicenna deserves a position of prominence in histories of the PSR ([section] 1), and then to consider how he addresses certain challenges to the PSR, especially the threat posed by necessitarianism ([section] 11).
s task is to show how Leibniz can maintain other elements of his philosophy (particularly divine freedom) within the framework of necessitarianism.
Call it "the meaning of life", in a reference to the brilliant pun on necessitarianism put together by philosophical comedians Monthy Python in The Life of Brian.
According to Hartley's Christian necessitarianism, which continued to influence Coleridge in 1797, good in the long term will prove permanent, while evil and pain will drop away.
Despite their differing epistemologies, strong parallels exist between Maxwell's and Hopkins' religious philosophies and their belief in human freedom as opposed to determinism and necessitarianism.
In the interest of being more than provocative," he said, getting to his serious question, "are we ever going to be able to address the question of cultural necessitarianism without being confident that we're getting our cultural criticism right?
The influence of Boethius on the narrative is particularly marked: in probing Troilus's foolish puppy love and Criseyde's subsequent treachery, Chaucer balances moral accountability for one's actions against tougher notions of unyielding necessity; indeed, the poem is famously dispatched both to Gower and to Ralph Strode, the Merton logician who opposed Wyclif 's necessitarianism (V.
In his discussion of Leibniz's view of necessitarianism, Mormino focuses on the connection between Leibniz's theodicy and the justice of punishment.
Ulmer argues that Wordsworth was ambivalent about the theory all along because of the incompatibility between its Necessitarianism and Christianity, because the attraction of the idea was more experiential than theoretical, and because his one detailed invocation of the theory in "The Ruined Cottage" had more to do with the poetic issue of how to solve the moral problem of Margaret's death than with a chronological stage in his own views.
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The book's most philosophically and theologically sophisticated chapter, "Providence and Prometheus," sees Prometheus Unbound as a development of Shelley's necessitarianism, Prometheus and Demogorgon dividing the biblical Logos into complementary aspects of human choice and a transcendent necessity somewhere between Hume's skeptical notion of necessary connection and the biblical idea of God's hidden purposes.
In short, Griffin argues that Leibniz endorsed necessitarianism, the view according to which everything that can happen does happen.