dysteleology


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dys·tel·e·ol·o·gy

(dĭs-tĕl′ē-ŏl′ə-jē, -tē′lē-)
n.
1. The doctrine of purposelessness in nature.
2. Purposelessness in structures of living bodies, as manifested by the existence of vestigial or nonfunctional organs or parts.

dys·tel′e·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
dys·tel′e·ol′o·gist n.

dysteleology

(ˌdɪstɛlɪˈɒlədʒɪ; -tiːlɪ-)
n
(Philosophy) philosophy the denial of purpose in life. Compare teleology
dysˌteleoˈlogical adj
ˌdysteleˈologist n

dysteleology

a doctrine denying the existence of a final cause or purpose in life or nature. Cf. teleology.dysteleologist, n.dysteleological, adj.
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Too often, both skeptics and Christians see this randomness as antithetical to divine providence, casting evolution as dysteleology so that a belief in God's intentional action in creation must lead to a denial of evolution.
His topics include the avant-texte of On the Origin of Species, Darwin's books and notes, the paper fossils of publishing, narrativizations of the genesis and dysteleology, beyond the "inward turn," writers' libraries and the extended mind, the sense of unending, and digital manuscripts.
Dysteleology in Empedocles is evident in the inability of man-headed oxen and ox-headed men to survive (B61); heads without necks, arms without shoulders, and eyes without foreheads (B57).