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  • n. Alternative capitalization of necessarian


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  • Reward and punishment must be considered, by the Necessarian, merely as motives which he would employ in order to procure the adoption or abandonment of any given line of conduct.

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • A Freewillist may admit as much as a Necessarian that such improved conditions tend to improve human action, and that deteriorated conditions tend to deprave human action.

    Physics and Politics, or, Thoughts on the application of the principles of "natural selection" and "inheritance" to political society

  • I thank you for these lines, in the name of a Necessarian, and for what follows in next paragraph in the name of a child of fancy.

    The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 5 The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb

  • A Necessarian is inconsequent to his own principles if he indulges in hatred or contempt; the compassion which he feels for the criminal is unmixed with a desire of injuring him: he looks with an elevated and dreadless composure upon the links of the universal chain as they pass before his eyes; whilst cowardice, curiosity, and inconsistency only assail him in proportion to the feebleness and indistinctness with which he has perceived and rejected the delusions of free-will.

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • He says: ” 'If as a Necessarian I cease to blame men for their vices in the ultimate sense of the word, though, in the common and proper sense of it, I continue to do as much as other persons (for how necessarily soever they act, they are influenced by a base and mischievous disposition of mind, against which I must guard myself and others in proportion as I love myself and others),' &c.

    Life Of Johnson


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