voluntarism


voluntarism

noun

  1. Philosophy. any theory that regards will as the fundamental agency or principle, in metaphysics, epistemology, or psychology.
  2. the principle or practice of supporting churches, schools, hospitals, etc., by voluntary contributions or aid instead of relying on government assistance.
  3. any policy or practice based on voluntary action.

noun

  1. philosophy the theory that the will rather than the intellect is the ultimate principle of reality
  2. a doctrine or system based on voluntary participation in a course of action
  3. the belief that the state, government, and the law should not interfere with the procedures of collective bargaining and of trade union organization
  4. another name for voluntaryism
n.

1838, in philosophy, from voluntary + -ism. As the theory or principal of using voluntary action rather than coercion (in politics, etc.), from 1924, American English (Voluntaryism in this sense is recorded from 1883).

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