When technology managers employed technological determinist
discourse, the tendency was to make the indeterminate state of things appear to be determined because of the perceived inevitability of technological change (Leonardi, 2008).
Thus, the linguistic determinist
thesis seems undermined.
Another important argument of the determinist
perspective is that human society is understood as developing first from the primal division between the sexes, with the inevitable attraction between male and female then becoming an impetus for creation of society.
Second, the Libet experiments don't prove anything even about the decision-making process in the laboratory situation they created; both the determinist
interpretation of the experiments and Libet's own interpretation ignore the fact that perception takes time.
Gender is persistently redefined by the contributors not as biologically determinist
but rather as a set of practices "embedded within other cultural and historical social institutions and ideologies such as status, class and race" (p.
The second related problem deals with our potential lack of "alternate possibilities": even though our wills play a causal role in the outcomes of our lives, if they are governed by causal laws in such a way that only one outcome is possible, argues the hard determinist
, then we cannot be said to truly have a "choice" with respect to that outcome.
emphasize that exercise / physical activity is a particularly effective way of controlling body weight in individuals with a genetic predisposition towards obesity and thus contrast with the determinist
view held by many that genetic influences are unmodifiable," authors said.
It would be advantageous for Gilad's opponents if he were, as they claim, a banal biological determinist
who simply dislikes people according to the lottery of their DNA.
It also stands at odds with a determinist
view that capitalism is heading for its inevitable doom--a view that infected many communists of the 20th century and still lurks as wishful thinking among those trying to understand this monstrous construct.
If that's determinist
, it's not because the technology is forcing us to use itself one way and not another.
Sticking to the analysis of how personal qualities and dispositions have influenced their leadership, the author avoids any historicist or determinist
interpretation, explicitly contrasting his work with the cyclical theory of Stephen Skowronek's 'The Politics That Presidents Make .
There is also the dilemma of determinism which is that to urge another to become a determinist
is to assume he or she can make such a choice.