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For modern fatalism, because all actions are determined in a way that can be demonstrated scientifically, alleged freedom thus merely represents “false consciousness.” Causal determinism differentiates modern fatalism from earlier assumptions of blind fate and destiny (moíra). G.W. Leibniz still tried to delimit his own concept of fate from determinism. During the subsequent period, theories came to differentiate such notions as practical fatalistic-deterministic worldviews. Marxism, for example, views all actions as …

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Heesch, Matthias, “Fatalism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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