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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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Given the assumed cost to present people, however, it is clear that investing in settlement would be a bad move according to a presentist or necessitarian person-affecting theory.
The Absolute operates according to a necessitarian and eternal-one might say Platonic-logic, but struggles to elevate itself to a more conscious and free position by enacting contingent processes, par Unger and Smolin, within time.
All My Sons and A Streetcar Named Desire can be seen as two American plays that are classic examples of "Ibsen's false tragedy" (Abel 180), for, in both of them, we find "the new realistic vision of life" and "the necessitarian structure of fated events" (Abel 178) tightly yet uncomfortably etched against the poetic impulse to break up the linear continuity of finite time.
Poems like "The Eolian Harp" and "The Destiny of Nations" from the 1790s strongly resonate with the materialist and necessitarian thought of Godwin and the early Shelley, and with the Spinozist ecologies of Wordsworth's nature poems.
Peirce) that "the laws of nature should be defined in habitual, dynamic, and general rather than in necessitarian terms" and are "real possibilities and tendencies through which the Holy Spirit is bringing about the coming kingdom.
wants to preserve Leibniz as a kind of necessitarian, that is, the one who holds that everything that is actual is metaphysically necessary (67).
With the collapse of the third degree, the second degree, the necessitarian view of law, collapses as well.
The necessitarian will claim that given a particular set of circumstances, the cause will necessitate its effect; ex hypothesi there could be no interferer.
It is so no matter of accidence that we witness Scotus, together with univocalizing being, capsizing as well some necessitarian credentials of knowledge.
It is sure that this theorizing attempt would suffer from this contingency and replace "one sided necessitarian logic" with "one sided contingency logic" (102) and even the worst, with an "absolute contingency" (103).
It is a broader, less necessitarian analysis of capitalism and its contradictions than that provided by traditional Marxist accounts.