- the doctrine that final causes exist.
- the study of the evidences of design or purpose in nature.
- such design or purpose.
- the belief that purpose and design are a part of or are apparent in nature.
- (in vitalist philosophy) the doctrine that phenomena are guided not only by mechanical forces but that they also move toward certain goals of self-realization.
Origin of teleology
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Examples from the Web for teleologist
True, he did not know he was a teleologist, but he was none the less a teleologist for this.Luck or Cunning
The fencer is (as Huxley says) "at the mercy of the Teleologist."The Philosophy of Natural Theology
This interpretation of the teleologist precludes all further argument.
They are of such a nature that every teleologist must hold them to imply what they are intended to disprove.Theism
The apparently diverging teachings of the Teleologist and of the Morphologist are reconciled by the Darwinian hypothesis.Criticisms on "The Origin of Species"
Thomas H. Huxley
- the doctrine that there is evidence of purpose or design in the universe, and esp that this provides proof of the existence of a Designer
- the belief that certain phenomena are best explained in terms of purpose rather than cause
- the systematic study of such phenomenaSee also final cause
- biology the belief that natural phenomena have a predetermined purpose and are not determined by mechanical laws
C18: from New Latin teleologia, from Greek telos end + -logy
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Word Origin and History for teleologist
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