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Voluntarism
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[German Version]

I. Philosophy of Religion

Voluntarism is a descriptive category in the history of ideas and society that came into use in Germany in the 1880s (first by F. Tönnies, VWPh 7, 1883, 169), and from there spread to the French- and English-speaking worldareas. The term can be applied to very different historical phenomena: to the behavior of individuals or groups, metaphysical views, and psychological models (Psychology). In politics it denotes proced…

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Herms, Eilert and Schröder-Field, Caroline, “Voluntarism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025384>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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