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n. Philosophy
The doctrine holding that all being is necessarily in the state that it is and denying any notion of possibility.

ne·ces′si·tar′i·an adj. & n.
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(nəˌsɛs ɪˈtɛər i ən)

1. a person who advocates or supports necessitarianism (disting. from libertarian).
2. pertaining to necessitarians or necessitarianism.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.necessitarian - someone who does not believe the doctrine of free will
Calvinist, Genevan - an adherent of the theological doctrines of John Calvin
determinist, fatalist, predestinarian, predestinationist - anyone who submits to the belief that they are powerless to change their destiny
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy
libertarian - someone who believes the doctrine of free will
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Slack's early chapters examine Franklin's early adoption of necessitarian philosophy and atheism, based on his reading of Bernard Mandeville and Anthony Collins.
We have left a "necessitarian" universe, as Charles Sanders Peirce calls it (2009: 125), in which all is in principle predictable, knowable in advance.
For Unger a major problem with objectivity and formalism is that they evade the structure of society and are another example of what Unger calls 'necessitarian' social theory.
The necessitarian solution to the problem of induction involves two claims: first, that necessary connections are justified by an inference to the best explanation; second, that the best theory of necessary connections entails the timeless uniformity of nature.
(11.) Such an expansive view of the pervasive role of socio-economic forces in shaping law ranges from the "necessitarian" to the utilitarian, i.e., from those that are premised on a full-throated, Marxian determinism to those that fully incorporate telic human agency.
Given the assumed cost to present people, however, it is clear that investing in settlement would be a bad move according to a presentist or necessitarian person-affecting theory.
The Absolute operates according to a necessitarian and eternal-one might say Platonic-logic, but struggles to elevate itself to a more conscious and free position by enacting contingent processes, par Unger and Smolin, within time.
Critical legal theorists have long targeted that necessitarian
All My Sons and A Streetcar Named Desire can be seen as two American plays that are classic examples of "Ibsen's false tragedy" (Abel 180), for, in both of them, we find "the new realistic vision of life" and "the necessitarian structure of fated events" (Abel 178) tightly yet uncomfortably etched against the poetic impulse to break up the linear continuity of finite time.
For an excellent survey of recent approaches to relating divine action to physical reality (including necessitarian, regularist, and antirealist approaches), see Yong, The Spirit of Creation, 106-12.
wants to preserve Leibniz as a kind of necessitarian, that is, the one who holds that everything that is actual is metaphysically necessary (67).