Fatalism

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Origin

Fatal. Compare French fatalisme and Italian fatalismo.

Definitions

  • 1: The belief in fatality; the doctrine that all things are determined by fate; a particular form of this doctrine.

In early use not distinguished from ‘the doctrine of necessity’, i.e. the doctrine that all events take place in accordance with unvarying laws of causation. In strict etymological propriety, and in the best modern usage, it is restricted to the view which regards events as predetermined by an arbitrary decree.

Description

Fatalism is a philosophical doctrine emphasizing the subjugation of all events or actions to fate.

Fatalism generally refers to several of the following ideas: