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teleology

noun tel·e·ol·o·gy \ˌte-lē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌtē-\

Definition of TELEOLOGY

1
a :  the study of evidences of design in nature
b :  a doctrine (as in vitalism) that ends are immanent in nature
c :  a doctrine explaining phenomena by final causes
2
:  the fact or character attributed to nature or natural processes of being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose
3
:  the use of design or purpose as an explanation of natural phenomena
tel·e·ol·o·gist \-jist\ noun

Origin of TELEOLOGY

New Latin teleologia, from Greek tele-, telos end, purpose + -logia -logy — more at wheel
First Known Use: 1740

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

teleology

noun te·le·ol·o·gy \ˌtel-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē, ˌtēl-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural te·le·ol·o·gies

Medical Definition of TELEOLOGY

1
a :  the study of evidences of design in nature b :  a doctrine (as in vitalism) that ends are immanent in nature c :  a doctrine explaining phenomena by final causes
2
:  the fact or character attributed to nature or natural processes of being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose
3
:  the use of design or purpose as an explanation of natural phenomena

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