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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.


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


(ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm)

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


the quality of not being clearly established or fixed. — indeterminist, n.indeterministic, adj.
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"Soft indeterminists" are indeterminists who reject the argument that indeterminism is "hard" (incompatible with free will) on the ground that randomness that undermines agency.
So to prove that luck is a problem for indeterminists Levy wishes to show that indeterminism implies a lack of control.
This means that indeterminists like Richard von Mises, the famous proponent of the relative frequency method, are inconsistent in the extreme.
Those who do not "believe in" the implied author may be either fundamentalists who think an author's intentions for the text are both fully known and fully knowable (by themselves), in which case the word "implied" introduces an unacceptable level of doubt, or absolute "indeterminists" (I'm inclined to write "atheists") who recognize no personified source or site of meaning beyond textuality itself.
O'Connor is particularly convincing in his criticism of "causal indeterminists" (for example, Robert Kane).
a mistake; not merely a mistake about law and language but also a mistake about the relation between what the radical indeterminists mean and what they say.
But when they refuse to attempt to rehabilitate incarcerated prisoners, preferring "retribution" and "punishment," they are indeterminists again.
It seems clear that the indeterminists reject the project of giving a systematic semantics, one which could help explain the nature of our understanding of mathematical language.
The theory of free will embraces the idea that individuals are self-determining agents, capable of being held morally responsible for their chosen actions.(8) Indeterminists believe that there is no way to predict how a particular person will act in any given situation, due to the indeterminate character of nature itself.(9) Indeterminism does not focus so much on whether an act was freely chosen, but whether the individual had the freedom to make the choice.(10) Indeterminism holds that to be "truly responsible for one's actions,"(11) one must be a free agent.
The main reason deterministic philosophers do not embrace this possibility is that it is precisely what indeterminists typically claim: that even though the laws of nature apply to most (physical) phenomena, they do not apply to certain (intentional, psychological) phenomena, such as deliberation, choice, and action, the latter exceptions of which are alleged to be indeterministic.