BACK TO determinism
determinism vs. indeterminism
[ dih-tur-muh-niz-uhm ]
- the doctrine that all facts and events exemplify natural laws.
- the doctrine that all events, including human choices and decisions, have sufficient causes.
[ in-di-tur-muh-niz-uhm ]
- 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.