Man’s Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning


Victor Frankl

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Pan-determinism is the idea that human behavior is the symptom of biological and social conditions. In other words, it is the idea that humans do not have control over who they become, but instead simply become the people their genes and upbringing force them to become. Frankl disagrees with pan-determinism—he believes that humans have free will and the capacity to change at any moment.

Pan-determinism Quotes in Man’s Search for Meaning

The Man’s Search for Meaning quotes below are all either spoken by Pan-determinism or refer to Pan-determinism. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Beacon Press edition of Man’s Search for Meaning published in 2006.
Experiences in a Concentration Camp Quotes

Fundamentally, therefore, any man can, even under such circumstances, decide what shall become of him—mentally and spiritually.

Page Number: 66
Explanation and Analysis:

But there is also a purpose in life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man’s attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces.

Page Number: 67
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Pan-determinism Term Timeline in Man’s Search for Meaning

The timeline below shows where the term Pan-determinism appears in Man’s Search for Meaning. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Logotherapy in a Nutshell: Critique of Pan-Determinism
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Frankl disagrees with pan-determinism, or the idea that humans cannot control their destiny, because he believes that there are... (full context)