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teleology January 27, 2012

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1. The study of design or purpose in natural phenomena.

2. The use of ultimate purpose or design as a means of explaining phenomena.

3. Belief in or the perception of purposeful development toward an end, as in nature or history.

4. 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

5. the belief that certain phenomena are best explained in terms of purpose rather than cause


” Many people, probably most, have in fact reached a different conclusion, understanding themselves not as having identities determined by their feelings but rather “telic” identities, that is, identities determined by teleology—our natural understanding of the design, purposes and ends of the human person. ”

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