noun Date: 1838 1. the principle or system of doing something by or relying on voluntary action or volunteers 2. a theory that conceives will to be the dominant factor in experience or in the world • voluntarist nounvoluntaristic adjective

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  • Voluntarism — • In the modern metaphysical sense is a theory which explains the universe as emanating ultimately from some form of will Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Voluntarism     Voluntarism …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • voluntarism — VOLUNTARÍSM s.n. 1. Concepţie filozofică potrivit căreia existenţa se întemeiază pe anumite tendinţe iraţionale ale voinţei umane sau pe o voinţă cosmică oarbă. 2. Concepţie sociologică care neagă existenţa legilor obiective ale naturii şi… …   Dicționar Român

  • Voluntarism — can refer to: *Voluntarism (action), the use of or reliance on voluntary action to maintain an institution, carry out a policy, or achieve an end. *Voluntarism (metaphysics), a philosophical term emphasising the primacy of the will. *Voluntaryism …   Wikipedia

  • Voluntarism — Vol un*ta*rism, n. 1. (Philosophy) Any theory which conceives will to be the dominant factor in experience or in the constitution of the world; contrasted with {intellectualism}. Schopenhauer and Fichte are typical exponents of the two types of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • voluntarism — 1838, in philosophy, from VOLUNTARY (Cf. voluntary) + ISM (Cf. ism). As the theory or principal of using voluntary action rather than coercion (in politics, etc.), from 1924, Amer.Eng. (Voluntaryism in this sense is recorded from 1883) …   Etymology dictionary

  • voluntarism — [väl′ən tər iz΄em] n. 1. a) voluntary or willing participation in a course of action b) a doctrine or system based on such participation c) VOLUNTEERISM 2. Philos. any theory which holds that reality is ultimately of the nature of will or that… …   English World dictionary

  • voluntarism — voluntarist, n., adj. voluntaristic, adj. /vol euhn teuh riz euhm/, n. 1. Philos. any theory that regards will as the fundamental agency or principle, in metaphysics, epistemology, or psychology. 2. the principle or practice of supporting… …   Universalium

  • voluntarism — A term usually contrasted with determinism , voluntarism denotes the assumption that individuals are the agents of their actions, and have some control over what they do. Voluntarism s alliance with action contrasts with the deterministic… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • voluntarism — Generally a position seeing reason and intellect as subservient to the will: any position sympathizing with Hume s dictum that reason is and ought to be the slave of the passions. In ethics, voluntarism is the position that it is will or desire… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • voluntarism — noun a) a reliance on volunteers to support an institution or achieve an end; volunteerism b) a doctrine that assigns the most dominant position to the will rather than the intellect …   Wiktionary

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