William James & Indeterminism


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Which of these asserts there is only one course of events possible in the world?

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1. Which of these holds that nothing exists beyond the physical world?

2. Which of these were written by William James?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

William James was a 19th-century American philosopher most notable for his views against the philosophical idea of determinism, known as indeterminism. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of James's specific views on indeterminism. Some things you'll be assessed on include the definition of determinism, the philosophical idea that nothing exists beyond the physical world, and William James's works.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The philosophy that says there is only one possible course of events in the world
  • The philosophy that says nothing exists beyond the physical world
  • Works written by William James
  • A statement that James would probably agree with

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding James's views on indeterminism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about James's works, philosophical views, and relevant philosophical ideas
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding James's philosophy of indeterminism, and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about William James's philosophical views, review the accompanying lesson titled William James & Indeterminism. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Determinism
  • Materialism
  • Indeterminism
  • Choice