Early-period scholarship mostly shares a neutral, middle-path position between "rigid" (hard) determinism
and "chaotic" (libertarian) indeterminism that I call "wiggly-determinism
" and which I have argued is unsuccessful.
Harris's most basic reason for accepting determinism
and the mechanist/reductionist model, is his assumption that causality requires it.
One reason that critics of Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change have accused it of technological determinism
, as evidenced in this volume, is that a number of its proponents seem to use the language of determinism
without concern, reflecting back on Eisenstein--who has tried to distance herself from theorists like Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong--in a way that we might assume she would have resisted.
Even a version of determinism
that relies on a complex conception of causation may alarm some.
This shift away from biological determinism
was significant, but Barkan too readily equates environmentalism and cultural relativism with a defence of racial equality.
The New York Times Book Review said that despite the book's scholarly pose, "what animates it is preconception rather than investigation, cultural determinism
rather than cultural inquiry.
The tolerance that Americans demonstrate for poverty is related to biological determinism
The Brad Direct-Link Ethernet Switches meet the three main design challenges posed by industrial Ethernet applications - determinism
, robustness and ease of integration.
is bound to remain one of the more intriguing problems in philosophy as well as science.
His main argument is logical in nature: he claims that determinism
is self-undermining, because "when determinists want to include everything in the universe, it must include the doctrine of determinism
The problem with this view, however, is that it makes light the Buddhist acceptance of things nonphysical: the inconsistency is with the physicalism implicit in the standard interpretation of determinism
, not with determinism
per se, for insofar as Buddhism avers that dependent origination applies to all conditioned phenomena and that some conditioned phenomena are nonphysical, it leaves open the possibility that causality applies to the nonphysical.
A Steward's central claim is that the exercise of agency in acting is incompatible with determinism