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(philosophy) a philosophical theory holding that all events are inevitable consequences of antecedent sufficient causes

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Indeed, if my proposal so far is anything like on the right track, it helps to indicate why generalizing from theological determinism to ordinary causal determinism is problematic.
Nevertheless, doubting freedom meant erosion of individual's accountability, while denying causal determinism entailed lawlessness of nature and thus impossibility of knowledge.
To advance an indeterministic worldview while defending a probabilistic method that itself assumes causal determinism is contradictory.
I) The issue in Stoic compatibilism is not whether Freedom to do Otherwise is compatible with Causal Determinism.
Note how tight logical reasoning of the mind mirrors strict causal determinism of the body in Cartesian-inspired world views.
It permits us to argue that even if causal determinism is true, we can ascribe moral responsibility to human acts.
This argument is, we think, the strongest argument to date for incompatibilism, the thesis that free will and causal determinism are incompatible.
16) Or, more pertinently from my point of view, perhaps the thesis of causal determinism is true.
Temporal fatalism occurs when God infallibly foreknows, from God's eternal present, that some event will happen in some creature's future; causal determinism refers to the unilateral predefinition of effects produced by the power relation between omnipotent divine causality and created causes.
According to causal determinism, this something cause or causes, in turn must have been due to other causes (like certain brain states), and these causes must have been due to still others, and so on.
25) Finally, causal determinism, which is the modern and most widely held view of determinism, concludes that "things must be as they are because their causes make them so.
The author argues that our first-person conception is neutral with respect to causal determinism, and that the function of transcendental freedom is to provide the metaphysical conditions of the possibility of genuine moral responsibility and perfect justice, and to get rid of moral luck.
The reason for this contrast is, in part, her consideration of libertarianism in strict opposition to all forms of causal determinism.
He discusses the meaning of the relevant terms, what causal determinism does and does not assert, and the function of the causal principle in science.
1) This debate between compatibilists and incompatibilists is a debate about whether autonomous action is possible in a world in which causal determinism is true; compatibilists believe it is possible, incompatibilists believe it is not.