• WordNet 3.6
    • n teleology (philosophy) a doctrine explaining phenomena by their ends or purposes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Teleology (Biol) The doctrine of the final causes of things
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n teleology The doctrine of final causes; the theory of tendency to an end.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Teleology tel-e-ol′ō-ji the doctrine of the final causes of things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , teleos, the end or issue + -logy,: cf. F. téléologie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. telos, issue, logos, a discourse.


In literature:

It is this teleological unfolding of activity that constitutes any object or phenomenon an "animate" fact.
"The Theory of the Leisure Class" by Thorstein Veblen
For the "teleological" views see IV.
"The Memorabilia" by Xenophon
These opinions, which recall the teleological aspect of Lamarckism, are entirely unsupported by proof.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
But even a miscarriage of this sort cannot affect the law in its general and teleological relations.
"The Critique of Pure Reason" by Immanuel Kant
But in a wider sense there is no incongruity between evolution and teleology.
"Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work" by P. Chalmers Mitchell
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
It is that Darwin rejects all teleology, or the doctrine of final causes.
"What is Darwinism?" by Charles Hodge
"Selections from Previous Worksand Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals" by Samuel Butler
Man is and must be teleological.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
His teleological arguments have much more force now than they would have had for people generally twenty years ago.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh

In poetry:

New sulphur on the sin-incarnadined . . .
Ah, Love! still temporal, and still atmospheric,
Teleologically unperturbed,
We share a peace by no divine divined,
An earthly garden hidden from any cleric,
Untrodden of God, by no Eternal curbed.
"The True Beatitude (Bouts-Rimes)" by Rupert Brooke

In news:

Christianity, for example, is teleological : a Revelation at the end of the world will explain all that has led up to that end.
So let's work backward and see if we can discover exactly how last night's game worked, teleologically speaking.
The documentary "The Woodmans " is an example of this teleology operating on the legacy of Francesca Woodman .
Called "teleological nutritional targeting" by scientists, proponents contend that every whole food has a pattern that resembles the body organ or physiological function that it benefits.

In science:

Indeed the term “anthropic principle” has become so popular that it has been borrowed to describe ideas (e.g. that the universe was teleologically designed for our kind of life, which is what I would call a “finality principle”) that are quite different from, and even contradictory with, what I intended.
Anthropic principle in cosmology
The presence of junk information in both the genetic and the epigenetic memory is consistent with the very nature of evolution, which is blind, devoid of any teleological aim and open-ended; it could be considered an unavoidable side-effect brought about by the use of evo-devo techniques.
Epigenetic Tracking, a Method to Generate Arbitrary Shapes By Using Evolutionary-Developmental Techniques
However, it does illustrate how the teleological nature of event horizons implies that the increase in area of an event horizon is not always related to a corresponding local energy flux.
Black holes and black hole thermodynamics without event horizons
The word ‘teleological’ can have a slightly different meaning in a philosophical context.
Black holes and black hole thermodynamics without event horizons
It is the teleological nature of the definition of black holes that causes this problem.
Black holes and black hole thermodynamics without event horizons