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A chain of events is a number of actions and their effects that are contiguous and linked together that results in a particular outcome. In the physical sciences, chain reactions are a primary example.


Determinism is the philosophical proposition that every event, including human cognition and behaviour, decision and action, is causally determined by an unbroken chain of events.[1] With numerous historical debates, many varieties and philosophical positions on the subject of determinism exist from traditions throughout the world.

In value theoryEdit

In value theory, it is the amount of cause and effects of the chain of events before generating intrinsic value that separates high and low grades of instrumental value. The chain of events duration is the time it takes to reach the terminal event. In value theory this is generally the intrinsic value (also called terminal value). It is contrasted with ethic value duration, which is the time that an object has any value intensity.

Fabric of eventsEdit

A fabric of events is an expansion of the chain of events, emphasizing that chains of events are intertwined with each other, as a fabric.[citation needed]

In accident analysisEdit

In accident analysis - for example, in the analysis of aviation accidents - a chain of events (or error chain) consists of the contributing factors leading to an undesired outcome.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Van Inwagen, Peter, 1983, An Essay on Free Will, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  2. ^ Willits, Pat (2007). Guided Flight Discovery: Private Pilot. Mike Abbott and Liz Kailey. Englewood: Jeppesen. pp. 10–26. ISBN 0-88487-429-X. OCLC 145504766. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
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  7. ^ Stellman, Jeanne Mager (11 March 1998). "Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety". International Labour Organization – via Google Books.