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Fatalism is a philosophical doctrine emphasizing the subjugation of all events or actions to fate or inevitable predetermination.
Fatalism generally refers to several of the following ideas:
- That free will does not exist, meaning therefore that history has progressed in the only manner possible. This belief is very similar to determinism.
- That actions are free, but nevertheless work toward an inevitable end. This belief is very similar to compatibilist destination.
- That acceptance is appropriate, rather than resistance against inevitability. This belief is very similar to defeatism.