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  • n. someone who endorses voluntarism

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who in metaphysics or psychology, accepts the theory of voluntarism.
  • Same as voluntaristic.


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  • In what follows, I follow Samuel Scheffler's exposition of what he calls the voluntarist and the distributive objections to any claim that persons have non-derivative special obligations.

    Special Obligations

  • According to Badat SASO was highly 'voluntarist' in temperament while SANSCO was characterised as being more strategically calculating.


  • If we found this a relevant theme, it is because it represents in our opinion a deliberate attempt on the part of Wall Street and the City (2) to make the world believe in some rupture within the EU and to instil the idea that some « deadly » risk is weighing on the Eurozone, by endlessly conveying phony news on a "banking risk coming from Eastern Europe" and by stigmatizing a "cold-feeted" Eurozone as opposed to the "voluntarist" actions initiated by the Americans and the Bristish.

  • Yet I really like the more voluntarist, grassrootsy feel of the Portland 21Ambassadors, ready to unroll their toolkits and do any rider a good turn.

    How to become a cycling 'ambassador' | Matt Seaton

  • It caught the attention of a lot of people because it was somewhat romantic and voluntarist - but a lot of revolutionary movements, like the Spanish Republic, were a good deal more hard-headed, and expected to win their war through main force of arms, not through inspiring the people to become disgusted with their leadership.

    Matthew Yglesias » King and Nonviolence

  • March 6th, 2010 at 12: 59 pm bob lablah (sponsored by Snapple) says: voluntarist says:

    Think Progress » Pentagon Shooter Was Right-Wing, Anti-Government Terrorist

  • The reasons for this should be familiar from arguments put forth years ago in Europe and the United States for replacing voluntarist schemes with a welfare state.

    Creative Capitalism

  • To the extent that the constructive empiricist embraces epistemic modesty, she might also be an epistemic voluntarist, a person who believes that “rationality is only bridled irrationality” (van Fraassen 1989, 172).

    Beyond the Voice

  • The relatively permissive epistemological view of a constructive empiricist who is also an epistemic voluntarist helps explain why such a constructive empiricist would be prudent not to take constructive empiricism to be a normative theory concerning the deliverances of science.

    Beyond the Voice

  • One reason the constructive empiricist would be well-advised not to embrace the Argument from Underdetermination, then, is that it goes against a voluntarist position in epistemology.

    Beyond the Voice


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