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Single Idea 15821

[catalogued under 16. Persons / F. Free Will / 5. Against Free Will]

Full Idea

Determinism is the proposition that, for every event that occurs, there occurs a sufficient causal condition of that event.

Gist of Idea

Determinism claims that every event has a sufficient causal pre-condition


Roderick Chisholm (Person and Object [1976], 2.2)

Book Reference

Chisholm,Roderick: 'Person and Object' [Open Court 1976], p.59

A Reaction

You need an ontology of events to put it precisely this way. Doesn't it also work the other way: that there is an event for every sufficient causal condition? The beginning and the end of reality pose problems.