Definition of Teleology

1. Noun. (philosophy) a doctrine explaining phenomena by their ends or purposes.

Category relationships: Philosophy
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory
Derivative terms: Teleological, Teleologist



Definition of Teleology

1. n. The doctrine of the final causes of things

Definition of Teleology

1. Noun. (philosophy) The study of the purpose or design of natural occurrences. ¹

2. Noun. (by extension) An instance of such a design or purpose, usually in natural phenomena. ¹

3. Noun. The use of a non-natural purpose or design to explain an occurrence. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Teleology

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Medical Definition of Teleology

1. The study of natural phenomena in terms of an overall purpose or design. (09 Oct 1997)

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Literary usage of Teleology

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"teleology does not always adopt this narrowly anthropocentric point of view. ... teleology seeks to make things intelligible by showing their relation to an ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"teleology seeks to make things intelligible by showing their relation to an end that ... The terms in which the conflict between teleology and mechanism are ..."

3. The Fitness of the Environment: An Inquiry Into the Biological Significance by Lawrence Joseph Henderson (1913)
"Mechanism is enough in physical science, which no less than biological science appears to manifest teleology; it must therefore suffice in biology. ..."

4. Christian Belief in God: A German Criticism of German Materialistic Philosophy by George Wobbermin (1918)
"Since the Greek terms teleology and teleological have the more general meaning, comprising both the concept of directedness toward an end and that of ..."

5. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1905)
"teleology. Alexander, 8. Is there evidence of design in nature? Proc. of Arist. Sue., i, no. ... Kant's teleology. Proc. of Arist. Soc., Ш1, 1896, p. 65 ff. ..."

6. Evolution and Dogma by John Augustine Zahm (1896)
"teleology, OLD AND NEW. The Doctrine of Final Causes. FROM what precedes it is evident, that the most that Evolution can do is to substitute ..."

7. A Student's Philosophy of Religion by William Kelley Wright (1922)
"PART III RELIGION AND REALITY CHAPTER XVIII MECHANISM AND teleology I — Introductory WE have in this Part to face the question, Is Religion true? ..."

8. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1888)
"Dr. Gray had written : Let us recognize Darwin's great service to natural science in bringing back to it teleology ; so that instead of morphology versus ..."

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