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[mass noun] The doctrine that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes regarded as external to the will. Some philosophers have taken determinism to imply that individual human beings have no free will and cannot be held morally responsible for their actions.
- ‘Compatibilist philosophies seek to reconcile free will and determinism in a modern time.’
- ‘Such a view reconciles free will not with determinism but with the highly plausible thesis of universal event causation.’
- ‘So, would you like to go again on your attempt to explain why you think I was wrong to call you on this, or do you want to talk about free will and determinism?’
- ‘Conferences of philosophers on determinism and freedom aren't the same as they used to be.’
- ‘His system admits no contradiction between free will and determinism, the God of philosophy and that of the Quran.’
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