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.
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- vol·un·ta·rist, noun, adjective
- vol·un·ta·ris·tic, adjective
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How to use voluntarism in a sentence
One particular school of voluntarism (Wundt) reduces the motive-force of energy to will.The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
The two great characteristics of the British race—initiative and endurance—are due to this burning flame of voluntarism.Drake, Nelson and Napoleon | Walter Runciman
This difference is wrongly set forth if the antithesis to voluntarism is called intellectualism.
On the contrary: voluntarism, we say, is right in every respect except in believing itself to be psychology.
The antithesis is also misinterpreted, or at least wrongly narrowed, if it is called voluntarism versus associationism.
British Dictionary definitions for voluntarism
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
- voluntarist, noun, adjective
- voluntaristic, adjective
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