the doctrine or belief that all events are determined by their purposes or goals.
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How to use finalism in a sentence
This determinism is in the one case what Bergson calls "radical finalism," and in the other "radical mechanism."The Behavior of Crowds | Everett Dean Martin
The errors and puerilities of radical finalism are due to the misapprehension of this point.Creative Evolution | Henri Bergson
M. Bergson's form of finalism depends upon his conception of life.
The point in Bergson's system which seems least in harmony with theistic belief is his criticism and rejection of finalism.The Christian Faith Under Modern Searchlights | William Hallock Johnson
Real finalism saves many deaths, many sufferings, and many abortions.The Mind and the Brain | Alfred Binet
British Dictionary definitions for finalism
philosophy the doctrine that final causes determine the course of all events
- finalistic, adjective
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