1The principle of relying on voluntary action (used especially with reference to the involvement of voluntary organizations in social welfare): some councils connected the twin themes of public spending cuts and the strong emphasis on voluntarism
More example sentences
- Although the NGO sector has become increasingly professionalised over the last two decades, principles of altruism and voluntarism remain key defining characteristics.
- For both groups, the highest percentage of voluntarism took place in religious organizations, followed by education and youth development activities.
- Religious life followed the principle of voluntarism.
2 Philosophy The doctrine that the will is a fundamental or dominant factor in the individual or the universe.
- According to doxastic voluntarism, believing and disbelieving are choices that are up to us to make.
- Thus he steers between determinism and voluntarism, yet he argued an inevitable historical tendency towards equality.
- The idea of voluntarism - of unfettered individual action - which guides so much of market and social behavior also permeates the culture of love.
- Example sentences
- On the other hand, however, he advocates a purely voluntarist model of action: politics is choice, and choice has to be made in a revolutionary fashion, regardless of the state of prevailing economical or social conditions.
- The origins of this conception go back to Rousseau's insistence - revealingly at variance with his own voluntarist construction of the general will - that a civil religion alone could found the stability of a republic.
- Economic depressions - such as the depression of 1893-1896 and the Great Depression of the 1930s - only underlined the limits of the voluntarist approach.
- Example sentences
- A decent society is a voluntaristic one; my country has been the greatest exemplar of such decency; and I'd just as soon have the part of that country where I live lead the way.
- We will work toward a purely voluntaristic society, while recognizing that no one knows, or can know, whether a complete absence of state-sponsored coercion is possible.
- However, this study shows that the concrete manifestations of solidarity such as neighborliness, co-operative labor, support in times of crisis, attendance of significant community events, are not so voluntaristic.
Mid 19th century: formed irregularly from voluntary.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: vol¦un¦tar|ism
Definition of voluntarism in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.