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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-N096-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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‘Fatalism’ is sometimes used to mean the acceptance of determinism, along with a readiness to accept the consequence that there is no such thing as human freedom. The word is also often used in connection with a theological question: whether God’s supposed foreknowledge means that the future is already fixed. But it is sometimes explained very differently, as the view that human choice and action have no influence on future events, which will be as they will be whatever we think or do. On the face of it this is barely coherent, and invites the assessment that fatalism is simply an expression of resigned acceptance.

Citing this article:
Craig, Edward. Fatalism, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-N096-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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