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Diacronia 12, December 27, 2020, A167 (1–17)https://doi.org/10.17684/i12A167en

The chaos of hazard or the cosmos of determinism?

Francisc Gafton

Affiliations

Faculty of Letters, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Bd. Carol I 11, 700506 Iași, Romania

History

Received July 13, 2020
Accepted August 8, 2020
Published December 27, 2020

Key words

teleology
determinism
Neo-Darwinism
random

Motto

“The influence of an ideology depends upon the meaning it maintains in the minds of its adepts, and which is spread by later commentators.” (J. Monod)

“Teleology is like a mistress to a biologist: he cannot live without her but he’s unwilling to be seen with her in public.” (J.B.S. Haldane)

Abstract

All that exists emerges from the previous and is subject to some determining factors, that is, it has antecedents and causes, which have antecedents and causes, regardless of the difficulty of exhaustively analysing the elements of the causal chain (that is to quantify their forces, their hierarchy and weights, to determine their degrees of conjunction, interdetermination and collaboration, to monitor, mathematize and algorithmize their components), nothing being indeterminate and random. Such difficulty or impossibility cannot generate or constitute a reason to conclude that such complex processes would be indeterminate and random, as they are rigorously determined by a multitude of inextricably intertwined factors.

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    Text:Gafton, F. (2020). The chaos of hazard or the cosmos of determinism?, Diacronia 12 (December 27), A167 (1–17), https://doi.org/10.17684/i12A167en
    BibTeX:@ARTICLE{gafton2020,
     author = {Francisc Gafton},
     title = {The chaos of hazard or the cosmos of determinism?},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2020},
     month = {December},
     number = {12},
     eid = {A167},
     doi = {https://doi.org/10.17684/i12A167en},
     pages = "(1–17)",
     url = {https://www.diacronia.ro/journal/issue/12/A167/en}
    }

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