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Definition of Determinism

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doctrine which states that there is a reason for everything and all is predestined
Determinism Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Theological and Philosophical Biography and Dictionary
Everything that happens has a cause. For every event in the universe, there is a set of conditions such that if the conditions were repeated, the event would be repeated. All events are lawful because they are predictable. Also see Cause ; Hard determinism ; Soft determinism ; and Historical determinism
A Dictionary of Postmodern Terms - Foucault Work
a condition in which all forms of liberty are gradually suppressed; madness shows us nothing more than the natural constants of a detemrinism, with the sequences of its causes, and the discursive movement of its forms; for madness threatens modern man only with that return to the bleak world of beasts and things, to their fettered freedom. (Madness and Civilization, p.83)
Determinism Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The doctrine that the will is not free, but is inevitably and invincibly determined by motives.
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\de*ter"min*ism\ (?), n. (metaph.) the doctrine that the will is not free, but is inevitably and invincibly determined by motives. its superior suitability to produce courage, as contrasted with scientific physical determinism, is obvious. p. cobbe.

WordNet 2.0

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
(hypernym) philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
(hyponym) fatalism
(classification) philosophy
Determinism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Determinism is the philosophical position that for every event, including human interactions, there exist conditions that could cause no other event. "There are many determinisms, depending on what pre-conditions are considered to be determinative of an event or action." Deterministic theories throughout the history of philosophy have sprung from diverse and sometimes overlapping motives and considerations. Some forms of determinism can be empirically tested with ideas from physics and the philosophy of physics. The opposite of determinism is some kind of indeterminism (otherwise called nondeterminism). Determinism is often contrasted with free will.

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Determinism Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
A belief that all processes are predetermined by definite causes and natural laws and can therefore be predicted. Biological determinism and mechanical determinism are two variations of this premise. Indeterminism is the reverse of this—a belief that events are governed not by laws but by pure chance.