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Determinism is the metaphysical theory which holds that all events are determined by mechanistic causes. Determinism is opposed to metaphysical libertarianism which holds that at least some human behavior is explicable in terms of the freedom and responsibility of the agent.

See also free will and naturalism.

further reading


Dennett, Daniel Clement. Elbow Room (MIT Press 1984).

Dennett, Daniel Clement (2004). Freedom Evolves. Penguin Books.

Peters, Ted. Playing God?: Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom (Routledge,1997) 

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