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n.1.The doctrine of philosophical necessity; necessitarianism.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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This theological commitment, however, was substantially called into question during the great translation movement by the Greek metaphysical commitment to necessarianism. This peripatetic principle entailed two precepts that were antithetical the Quranic belief: first, that the creation of the world was necessitated by God's sufficient causation, thus co-eternal with God; second that there is a necessary connection between causes and their effects.
Such lines suggest the influence of Joseph Priestly's necessarianism and the inexorable elaboration of a first cause, popular among some nineteenth-century reform evangelicals in New England.
We find, for instance, that Bishop Butler, in his Analogy of Religion (1736), was "slier" than James Beatty and Thomas Reid "in responding to Hume's necessarianism," as expressed in Hume's Treatise.