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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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(nɪˌsɛsɪˈtɛərɪəˌnɪzəm) or


(Philosophy) philosophy another word for determinism Compare libertarian
neˌcessiˈtarian, ˌnecesˈsarian n, adj
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(nəˌsɛs ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm)

the doctrine that all events, including acts of the will, are determined by antecedent causes; determinism.
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the doctrine of the determinism of the will by antecedent causes, as opposed to that of the f reedom of the will. Also called necessarianism. Cf. determinism, fatalism, libertarianism.necessitarian, n., adj.
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As Slack argues, "Franklin's supposed deism was actually philosophical necessitarianism, which led him to relativism" (31).
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Abu Madi follows Shelley's necessitarianism, who on forming this concept, draws heavily on d'Holbach who sees that man is himself the work of nature, subject to her laws, unable to extricate himself from their web, unable even to conceive getting clear from the cycle of natural law.
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So G.'s task is to show how Leibniz can maintain other elements of his philosophy (particularly divine freedom) within the framework of necessitarianism.
Call it "the meaning of life", in a reference to the brilliant pun on necessitarianism put together by philosophical comedians Monthy Python in The Life of Brian.
According to Hartley's Christian necessitarianism, which continued to influence Coleridge in 1797, good in the long term will prove permanent, while evil and pain will drop away.
[Argues that Whitman "was a philosopher who wrote poetry" and sets out to trace the poet's "systematic philosophy," seeking to "resurrect parts of Walt Whitman's mind" and positing that his "secret philosophy" was "called in Whitman's day necessitarianism" and "is now called determinism."]
Despite their differing epistemologies, strong parallels exist between Maxwell's and Hopkins' religious philosophies and their belief in human freedom as opposed to determinism and necessitarianism.
"In the interest of being more than provocative," he said, getting to his serious question, "are we ever going to be able to address the question of cultural necessitarianism without being confident that we're getting our cultural criticism right?"