tychism


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tychism

(ˈtaɪkɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) philosophy the theory that chance is an objective reality at work in the universe, esp in evolutionary adaptations
[from Greek tukhē chance]

tychism

1. the theory that chance is involved in evolution and that variation within a species is accidental.
2. the belief that chance rather than mere determinism operates in the cosmos. Cf. uniformitarianism.
See also: Evolution
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I refer to such issues as determinism versus pure chance, fatalism versus tychism (the view of chance as a general cosmic factor), and other obstinate questions appropriate to works by Plato, Spinoza, and Kant.