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What Is Determinism

Philosophy : Philosophy Definitions

Determinism is a belief that is held by many thinkers, and to many seems imcompatible with the doctrine of free will, which most people hold.

Determinism states that all events have causes, and that identical causes produce identical effects.

Free will implies a breakage with this model that we freely apply to the world around us - if we can freely choose our actions, regardless of the environment around us, we need to break this cause and effect sequence, perhaps through our soul, spirit or consciousness.

There are compatibilist and incompatibilist schools, which say that either free will and determinism are compatible or they are not, as ever it depends on quite what you mean by each term.

By: Chris

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