determinism : Definition, Usages, News and More
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- n (philosophy) a philosophical theory holding that all events are inevitable consequences of antecedent sufficient causes; often understood as denying the possibility of free will
- I'm a big believer in geographic determinism, and I suspect the clement weather in San Francisco has a lot to do with its pervading buoyant mood.
- This determinism appalled some friends such as Max Born, who thought it completely undermined the foundations of human morality.
- The idea of "self-evident" truths was one that drew less on Locke, who was Jefferson's favored philosopher, than on the scientific determinism espoused by Isaac Newton and the .
News & Articles
- Why the Tories Are Flailing
In British politics, economic determinism is an unreliable guide to electoral outcomes.
Dec. 19, 2013 - New York Times
- Patrick Kennedy in WBKO
My dad was one who never took on adversity without a lot of hope and a sense of determinism to overcome whatever obstacles were in his way,said Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
- Lionel Trilling in Boston Globe (registration)
As the literary critic Lionel Trilling wrote in 1963, Mr. Mailer "probe[s] modern society on a level deeper than that of political and economic determinism."