determinism


de·ter·min·ism

noun \di-ˈtər-mə-ˌni-zəm, dē-\

philosophy : the belief that all events are caused by things that happened before them and that people have no real ability to make choices or control what happens

Full Definition of DETERMINISM

1
a :  a theory or doctrine that acts of the will, occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are causally determined by preceding events or natural laws
b :  a belief in predestination
2
:  the quality or state of being determined
de·ter·min·ist \-nəst\ noun or adjective
de·ter·min·is·tic \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective
de·ter·min·is·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of DETERMINISM

1846

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de·ter·min·ism

noun \di-ˈtər-mə-ˌniz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DETERMINISM

1
: a theory or doctrine that acts of the will, occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are causally determined by preceding events or natural laws <explained behavior by the combination of an environmental and a genetic determinism>
2
: the quality or state of being determined
de·ter·min·is·tic \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-tik\ also de·ter·min·ist \-ˈtərm-(ə-)nəst\ adjective
de·ter·min·is·ti·cal·ly \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnis-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

determinism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In philosophy, the doctrine that all events, including human decisions, are completely determined by previously existing causes. The traditional free will problem arises from the question, Is moral responsibility consistent with the truth of determinism? Among those who believe it is not consistent, some, maintaining the truth of determinism, have concluded that no one is morally responsible for what he does (and therefore that punishment for criminal actions is unjustified); others, maintaining the reality of moral responsibility, have concluded that determinism is false. Those who believe that moral responsibility is consistent with determinism are known as compatibilists (see compatibilism). Pierre-Simon Laplace is responsible for the classical formulation of determinism in the 18th century. For Laplace, the present state of the universe is the effect of its previous state and the cause of the state that follows it. If a mind, at any given moment, could know all the laws and all the forces operating in nature and the respective positions and momenta of all its components, it could thereby know with certainty the future and the past of every entity.

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