[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 voluntaristic
But it is a type of pragmatism quite free from dependence upon a voluntaristic psychology.Essays in Experimental Logic
Experience has then no longer any meaning in a voluntaristic sense; it is merely a complex of elements.
- 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 voluntaristic
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