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Determinism is a 'scientific' parody of Liebnitz's 'best of all possible worlds'.

And it lacks the flair of Voltaire's Candide.

Notes:

Any philosophy formed in response to determinism finds itself working on the terms of the determinist, or else endorsing its basis but denying it has any hold on our ethereal spirits that somehow are not of this world but manage to manipulate it. I therefore shrug off questions of free-will along with the concept of will altogether.

Addendum (6/25):

For concepts of will and volition are unnecessary.
For choice can be had where (what we intuitively call) the will is constrained.
For the concerns which lead to such questions and follow from them are absurd and have no bearing on life.

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