- the doctrine or belief that all events are determined by their purposes or goals.
Origin of finalism
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Mechanism and finalism are therefore, here, only external views of our conduct.
Yet finalism is not, like mechanism, a doctrine with fixed rigid outlines.
Again, in opposition to finalism he urges the variety of living forms.
The point in Bergson's system which seems least in harmony with theistic belief is his criticism and rejection of finalism.
M. Bergson's form of finalism depends upon his conception of life.
- philosophy the doctrine that final causes determine the course of all events
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