teleology [tel-ee- ol- uh-jee, tee-lee-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Philosophy 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
dating back to
-logy Related forms tel·e·o·log·i·cal , [tel-ee- uh- loj-i-k uh l, tee-lee-] /ˌtɛl i əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌti li-/ tel·e·o·log·ic, adjective tel·e·ol·o·gism, noun tel·e·ol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for teleology Historical Examples of teleology
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teleology which, at times, becomes excessively tedious.
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teleology as a regulative principle, in Kant's sense of the word. Teleology concerns the ends for which organisms were designed.
As another illustration we may take the case of mechanism and
Lastly, a few words about the very difficult question of
teleology. British Dictionary definitions for teleology noun philosophy 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 phenomena See also final cause biology the belief that natural phenomena have a predetermined purpose and are not determined by mechanical laws Derived Forms teleological ( ˌtɛlɪəˈlɒdʒɪk, əl ˌtiːlɪ-) or teleologic, adjective teleologically, adverb teleologism, noun teleologist, noun Word Origin for teleology
C18: from New Latin
teleologia, from Greek telos end + -logy
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Word Origin and History for teleology n.
"study of final causes," 1740, from Modern Latin
teleologia, coined 1728 by German philosopher Baron Christian von Wolff (1679-1754) from Greek teleos "entire, perfect, complete," properly genitive of telos "end, goal, result" (see tele-), + -logia (see -logy).
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