noun. ['dɪˈtɝːməˌnɪzəm'] (philosophy) a philosophical theory holding that all events are inevitable consequences of antecedent sufficient causes; often understood as denying the possibility of free will.
- philosophical theory
Words that Rhyme with Determinism
Example sentences of the word determinism
1. Noun, singular or mass
This debate is usually called the problem of social determinism.
Quotes containing the word determinism
1. Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
- Jawaharlal Nehru
2. All this twaddle, the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc., are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with 'winning or losing this game of chess.
- Marcel Duchamp
3. The assumption of an absolute determinism is the essential foundation of every scientific enquiry.
- Max Planck, The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science