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in·de·ter·min·ism

(ĭn′dĭ-tûr′mə-nĭz′əm)
n.
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.

indeterminism

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

in•de•ter•min•ism

(ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm)

n.
a theory that human actions, though influenced by preexisting conditions, are not entirely governed by them.
[1870–75]
in`de•ter′min•ist, n., adj.

indeterminism

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.
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.
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).
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.
Gay modernist composers include Pierre Boulez, the most "killer" serialist of all; the indeterminist John Cage; Henry Cowell, promulgator of the tone cluster; Hans Werner Henze, the superb eclectic; and many others.
But for an indeterminist, more than one outcome is possible at some moments.
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.
I am adopting a causal indeterminist position-which may include agent causation, as Chisholm sustains: Roderick Chisholm "Agents, Causes, and Events: The Problem of Free Will," in Agents, Causes, and Events: Essays on Indeterminism and Free Will, ed.