finalism

[fahyn-l-iz-uh m]
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noun

the doctrine or belief that all events are determined by their purposes or goals.

Origin of finalism

First recorded in 1905–10; final + -ism
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finalism

noun

philosophy the doctrine that final causes determine the course of all events
Derived Formsfinalistic, adjective
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