Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.


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Indeterminism is the idealist notion that the natural course of events in reality are not subject to laws but to independent arbitrary chance.

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Various ictionary definitions:
Philosophy The doctrine that there are some events, particularly some human actions or decisions, which have no cause. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

The doctrine that, though the will is somewhat influenced by motives, it is not entirely governed by them, but has a certain freedom and spontaneity. (Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia)

The doctrine that all human actions are not so much determined by the preceding events, conditions, causes or karma as by deliberate choice or free will

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