Necessarian

Related to Necessarian: necessitarian, deterministically

Nec`es`sa´ri`an


n.1.An advocate of the doctrine of philosophical necessity; a necessitarian.
a.1.Of or pertaining to necessarianism.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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What was condemned by the verdict of the Bishop of Paris can basically be encapsulated in some standard bywords for the world as an uncreated and necessarian finite continuum, that is, it denounced eternity, lack of contingency and of freedom of will, the impossibility of vacuum and of multiple worlds.
Gaskell's understanding is permeated by John Locke's argument for character as a product of environmental influences, and Joseph Priestley's 'Necessarian' view that the will is determined by material circumstances and the habits of thought that these generate.
In spite of his 'Necessarian' views, Priestley claimed that a person could yet be held responsible for their actions on the basis of an unprejudiced evaluation of their consequences.
Meadows fails to recognize the Necessarian requirements of Realism, in which each action leads through a chain of nearly inevitable consequences to the plot's conclusion.
For Coleridge's own references to Necessity seem at times to wave off human freedom and ethical responsibility: at moments Coleridge the Unitarian will advocate "the Autoinatism of Man" (CL 1.147); inform John Thelwall, "Guilt is out of the Question--I am a Necessarian and of course deny the possibility of it" (CL 1.213); or confess to a public audience in Bristol, "Reasoning strictly and with logical Accuracy I should deny the existence of any Evil, inasmuch as the end determines the nature of the means and I have been able to discover nothing of which the end is not good" (LLR 105).
He asserted free will and preferred to call himself a necessarian,
All other concepts of will are "necessarian," including even such concepts of self-determination as take into account the efficacy of conscious deliberation and the imaginative projection of future consequences (as did Hume, Godwin, and Mill).
The empiricist and necessarian philosopher denies the self-determining power of the mind by attributing the association of ideas to an external first cause; the idealist, finding an innate cause (the imagination) for association, asserts exactly that power.