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Does determinism have its roots in logic? When was determinism as a discrete discipline first recorded? I am just interested in the historical aspect at the moment.

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    Wikipedia states: "The first full-fledged notion of determinism appears to originate with the Stoics, as part of their theory of universal causal determinism.[38]" Is this not satisfactory for some reason? – user3164 Apr 4 '14 at 18:01
  • I agree with the comment above. The concept is no older than the Greek pre-Socratic natural philosophers. – David H May 1 '14 at 16:33
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    Here is an insightful answer given by @Conifold to a question on indeterminism in classical mechanics, in which Conifold also gives the 19th century origins of the concept of determinism as applied in science. This was probably the next milestone after the Stoic treatment of determinism. – Cicero Aug 23 '15 at 5:46

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