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Definition of the noun determinism

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noun - plural: determinisms

  1. (philosophy) a philosophical theory holding that all events are inevitable consequences of antecedent sufficient causes; often understood as denying the possibility of free will

Alternative definition of the noun determinism


  1. [context: ethics] The doctrine that all actions are determined by the current state and immutable laws of the universe, with no possibility of choice.
  2. [computing] The property of having behavior determined only by initial state and input.

Phrases with Determinism

  1. Non-Determinism
  2. Biological determinism
  3. Angelic non-determinism
  4. Retrospective determinism

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Google previewIdeas Have a History (2001)

Perspectives on the Western Search for Truth by F. G. Oosterhoff

The term determinism refers to the doctrine that all that happens on earth happens necessarily, and divine determinism means that God himself is bound by the laws of cause and effect and the conclusions of logic. That Aristotle's philosophy ...

Google previewStatic Analysis (2010)

17th International Symposium, SAS 2010, Perpignan, France, September 14-16, 2010, Proceedings by Radhia Cousot, Matthieu Martel

Informally, determinism means that for a given input state, the parallel program will always produce the same output state. Determinism is an attractive correctness property as it abstracts away the interleavings underlying a computation.

Google previewConnections (2003)

Brain, Mind and Culture in a Social Anthropology by Stephen P. Reyna

Generally, 'Determinism is the thesis that all events and states of affairs are determined by antecedent states of affairs';. Subsequent events or states of...

Such determinism is a rhetorical style in service of gargantuan deterministic claims.

Google previewThe Double Lives of Objects (2015)

An Essay in the Metaphysics of the Ordinary World by Thomas Sattig

Determinism is a modal notion. It is a feature of a possible world and of the laws of nature governing that world. Intuitively, a world is deterministic if at all times in the world's history there is only one way in which the world can evolve that is ...

Google previewHuman Nature and the Limits of Science (2001)

by John Dupré

Presumably determinism is a very strong metaphysical assumption. To claim that everything that happened had to happen, given the totality of prior conditions, is to impose an enormously strong — indeed the strongest possible — restriction ...

Google previewBounds of Freedom (2004)

Popper, Liberty and Ecological Rationality by Mahasweta Chaudhury

The strategy is like this: metaphysical determinism is a weak (due to its weak empirical content) doctrine, therefore it...

least in principle causally predetermined while scientific determinism is the view that all events are scientifically predictable.

Google previewA Primer on Determinism (1986)

by John Earman

Determinism is a perennial topic of philosophical discussion. Very little acquaintance with the...

Google previewMy Way (2006)

Essays on Moral Responsibility by John Martin Fischer

One of the most important such challenges comes from the doctrine of causal determinism. Causal determinism is the thesis that every event (and thus every choice and bit of behavior) is deterministically caused by some event in the past; thus ...

Google previewTest of faith (2009)

resources for schools by Jenny Baker

Determinism is the view that every event (including human understanding, decisions and behaviour) is the inevitable consequence of what happened before. 0ur behaviour is determined by our genes or environment, or some combination of ...

Google previewThe Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron (1992)

A Critical Introduction by Daniel J. Mahoney

Probabilistic determinism is the Aronian mean between the Marxist deification of the historical process and the existentialist proclamation of unlimited human freedom. Probabilistic determinism is a position that is truly scientific, that can make ...

Google previewCyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature (1894)

by John McClintock, James Strong

The astrological determinism is a transition from the first to the second kind. Determinism is materialistic if...

Google previewA Dictionary of Media and Communication (2016)

by Daniel Chandler, Rod Munday

determinism 1. Theories about the causes of a phenomenon which emphasize one principal (determining) factor (see also CAUSATION). More extreme versions are called hard (or strong) determinism and more moderate versions are called ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

determinism . Our natural feeling that,specialcircumstances apart, wealwayscould do otherwise than we doisoftenthought to conflict withtheviewthat every event is caused and that human actions cannot be excepted. Resolutions ...

Google previewThe Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics (2008)

Surveying the Evidence for the Truth of Christianity by Ed Hindson, Ergun Caner

Soft determinism is less harsh in its rhetoric but is still consistent in the final outcome. Soft determinism is sometimes called compatibolism because it tries to be compatible with free choice by allowing the input of facts and knowledge, and yet it ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Time (2009)

Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture by H. James Birx

The abstract noun determinism functions like a family name for a group of philosophical doctrines each of which asserts that, in one sense or another, events occur of necessity when and as they do. Different members of the family stake out ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy: Entries G-O (2001)

by R. J. Barry Jones

The determinism/voluntarism debate (which will be discussed later in this entry) arises here. Many approaches to regional (or indeed global integration) refer to the influence of functionalist forces: the pressure for further integration exerted by ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of Geography (2002)

The Environment and Humankind by Ian Douglas, Richard John Huggett, Mike Robinson

In early-modern geography relations with environment were interpreted as determinism - the creation by nature of what were assumed to be innate human characteristics, and the effects of varying mental abilities on the differential evolution of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Climatology (2008)

by John E. Oliver

Cross-references Asia, Climate of Southwest Desertification Drought Vegetation and Climate DETERMINISM, CLIMATIC Determinism is the doctrine that ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology (2014)

by J. Mitchell Miller

CREWS Determinism, from a criminological perspective, is a philosophy contending that human behavior is caused by biological and psychological factors specific to individuals and/or the structural factors that comprise one's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Geography (2004)

by Gerald Rudolph Pitzl

Environmental determinism Environmentalists countered with claims that the pristine canyons and majestic scenery of the Tuolumne gorge had a value that would be lost forever if another dam were built. Not only would ...

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It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset. (Arthur Eddington)
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