- the doctrine that human actions, though influenced somewhat by preexisting psychological and other conditions, are not entirely governed by them but retain a certain freedom and spontaneity.
- the theory that the will is to some extent independent of the strength of motives, or may itself modify their strength in choice.
Origin of indeterminism
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Examples from the Web for indeterminism
Opposed to determinism is the doctrine of indeterminism or indifferentism.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Indeterminism is the only way to break the world into good parts and into bad, and to stand by the former as against the latter.The Letters of William James, Vol. 1
The misinterpretation probably arose at first from my defending (after Renouvier) the indeterminism of our efforts.Essays in Radical Empiricism
The enormous change was that determinism had been transferred from ends to means; and indeterminism from means to ends.The Philosophy of Spinoza
Baruch de Spinoza
It has championed Determinism or Indeterminism as the occasion served its interest.Determinism or Free-Will?
- the philosophical doctrine that behaviour is not entirely determined by motives
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