Examples from the Web for teleology
Such orderly evolution harmonizes with a teleology derived, not indeed from external nature directly, but from the mind of man.On the Genesis of Species|St. George Mivart
This term carries no connotation of teleology, as here used.The Value of Money|Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
The other is due to Kants preoccupation with the problems of ethics and of teleology.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
To entitle them to do this, a complete doctrine of Teleology is indispensable.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
Vitalism and teleology are coming back again into biology in new forms.Major Prophets of To-Day|Edwin E. Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for teleology
- 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
Word Origin for teleology
Word Origin and History for teleology
"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).