[vol-uh n-tuh-riz-uh m]
- Philosophy. any theory that regards will as the fundamental agency or principle, in metaphysics, epistemology, or psychology.
- the principle or practice of supporting churches, schools, hospitals, etc., by voluntary contributions or aid instead of relying on government assistance.
- any policy or practice based on voluntary action.
Origin of voluntarism
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Examples from the Web for voluntarism
Other provisions governing the establishment of agroindustrial complexes, however, conflicted with the principle of voluntarism.Area Handbook for Bulgaria
Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Carried into practice, Voluntarism would be as like Anarchism as two peas.Anarchism
E. V. Zenker
One particular school of voluntarism (Wundt) reduces the motive-force of energy to will.The Wonders of Life
The two great characteristics of the British race—initiative and endurance—are due to this burning flame of voluntarism.Drake, Nelson and Napoleon
To the idol of voluntarism a veritable holocaust of victims has been offered up.Freedom In Service
Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
- philosophy the theory that the will rather than the intellect is the ultimate principle of reality
- a doctrine or system based on voluntary participation in a course of action
- the belief that the state, government, and the law should not interfere with the procedures of collective bargaining and of trade union organization
- another name for voluntaryism
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Word Origin and History for voluntarism
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