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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.


(nəˌsɛs ɪˈtɛər i ən)

1. a person who advocates or supports necessitarianism (disting. from libertarian).
2. pertaining to necessitarians or necessitarianism.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.necessitarian - someone who does not believe the doctrine of free will
Calvinist, Genevan - an adherent of the theological doctrines of John Calvin
determinist, fatalist, predestinarian, predestinationist - anyone who submits to the belief that they are powerless to change their destiny
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy
libertarian - someone who believes the doctrine of free will
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On the contrary, I believe that he is following the same method he suggests to Carus for the conciliation of religion and science in his "Reply to the Necessitarians," according to which each discipline must be studied separately "and refuse to compromise with alien and secondary purposes" and then, when time is ripe reconciliation between them will come naturally as an "unmixed good" (345) (Cf.
In essence the idea is that just as nomic necessitarians take the laws of a given world to be completely determined by the fundamental (nongeometric) properties instantiated, geometric necessitarians take the geometry of a given world to be completely determined by the fundamental geometric properties instantiated.
Debate between Humean contingentists and anti-Humean necessitarians in the philosophy of science is ongoing.