from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Unpredictability.
  • noun Philosophy The doctrine that there are some events, particularly some human actions or decisions, which have no cause.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The doctrine that, though the will is somewhat influenced by motives, it is not entirely governed by them, but has a certain freedom and spontaneity.

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  • noun ethics, religion, uncountable The doctrine that all human actions are not so much determined by the preceding events, conditions, causes or karma as by deliberate choice or free will.


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  • Professor Koch told BBC News that "it is entirely possible that 'indeterminism' - under certain conditions - is a useful trait - but not usually: when you drive your car at high speeds down the freeway, you want to be highly deterministic."

    BBC News - Home

  • Thus the indeterminism is a direct product of the substantivalist viewpoint.

    The Hole Argument

  • The evidence is even less decisive with respect to whether there is the kind of indeterminism located in exactly the places required by one or another incompatibilist account.

    Incompatibilist (Nondeterministic) Theories of Free Will

  • If there is a breakdown of determinism in chaotic systems, that can only occur if there is some kind of indeterminism introduced such that the property of unique evolution is rendered false


  • Even many humans stopped attending to grammatical gender, word endings were dropped, declinations disappeared; our golden youth neglected to say r properly and learned to lisp; few educated people were any longer certain what was meant by 'indeterminism' or

    The War with the Newts

  • I wonder if determinism and indeterminism represent two explanatory categories into which so much can be fit that we are too quick to assume that these categories are all-encompassing.

    Karl Giberson, Ph.D: Is Free Will A Mystery?

  • Between the determinism understood so clearly on one end of the spectrum, and the quantum indeterminism on the other -- neither of which can accommodate any meaningful concept of free will -- lies a theoretical no-man's land where those two incompatible aspects of our world overlap.

    Karl Giberson, Ph.D: Is Free Will A Mystery?

  • To hold a belief in a libertarian freewill is to hold to an indeterminism at a much higher level than the quantum mechanical, namely, the neural.

    Testing the Freedom to Choose, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Some readers may object to our use of the term “free will” to describe the indeterminism of particle responses.

    Boing Boing

  • The indeterminism of what is ‘rational’ cuts both ways, consumers and companies all the way up to regulators.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » More on Behavioral Economics and Regulatory Policy:


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