Spirituality, Fate, and Fatalism

Robert C. Solomon

in Spirituality for the Skeptic

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195134674
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833733 | DOI:
Spirituality, Fate, and Fatalism

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For millennia, and in many cultures, spirituality has been bound up with fatalism, the powerful sense that our lives are not in our own control and that whatever happens must happen. Fate and fatalism are distinct notions. Fatalism need not require agency or attach responsibility. Fate and fatalism are attempts to give meaning to the world, to see the world in a certain kind of order. Luck is not the same thing. Luck is a denial of any such order. Gratitude is the proper response to good luck as well as to fate.

Keywords: character; fatalism; fate; gratitude; luck; spirituality

Chapter.  9116 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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