Inevitability: Determinism, Fatalism, And Destiny

Hardcover | September 1, 1988

byLeonard William Doob

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This book examines the ways in which human beings seek to cope with uncertainty by means of doctrines that postulate degrees of inevitability. These doctrines originate in natural science, social science, philosophy, and religion. Their adequacies and inadequacies are carefully assessed, with special reference to the ways in which they deal with intervention by the very persons who would reduce uncertainty. The possibility of intervention in turn raises questions concerning freedom and responsibility that challenge people in all societies and throughout the lifespan.

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This book examines the ways in which human beings seek to cope with uncertainty by means of doctrines that postulate degrees of inevitability. These doctrines originate in natural science, social science, philosophy, and religion. Their adequacies and inadequacies are carefully assessed, with special reference to the ways in which they...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:170 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313263981

ISBN - 13:9780313263989

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?Doob's central thesis is that some beliefs function mainly to help the believer cope with life's uncertainties. The coping mechanism that is the focus of Doob's book is a belief that certain things in life are inevitable. Superstition, astrology, religious doctrines, and other beliefs can result in a sense of inevitability about what will happen, helping people deal with such unpredictable and uncontrollable events as disease, accident, misfortune, and death. Doob methodically explores the origin and mature of inevitability beliefs, and like his previous titles in social psychology, this is a theoretical analysis. No new data are presented. The book is well written and carefully organized but demanding to read; Doob attributes this to the inherent difficulty of the subject--he is probably right. Most suitable for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in programs with an emphasis in social psychology and the study of cognitive processes.?-Choice