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The term fatality can be defined in two ways. First, it approximates the content of the Greek understanding of “fate” (Heraclitus, Stoics). Accordingly, the human being is part of a determined course of events (Determinism) expressed in the natural laws of the world and the social order. These natural laws, which the Stoics primarily understood causally as heimarmene, an “uninterrupted series of causes,” to which human understanding is also subject. Human fatality consists in finding oneself to be part of a largely determined world, the…

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Schüle, Andreas, “Fatality”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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