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 (tĕl′ē-ŏl′ə-jē, tē′lē-)
n. pl. tel·e·ol·o·gies
1. The philosophical interpretation of natural phenomena as exhibiting purpose or design.
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 history.

[Greek teleios, teleos, perfect, complete (from telos, end, result; see kwel- in Indo-European roots) + -logy.]

tel′e·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl), tel′e·o·log′ic (-ĭk) adj.
tel′e·o·log′i·cal·ly adv.
tel′e·ol′o·gist n.
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Adj.1.teleological - of or relating to teleology


[ˌtelɪəˈlɒdʒɪkl] ADJteleológico


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When natural law is properly interpreted according to the teleological "freedom for excellence," it directs duty to its fulfillment in the virtues.
The West's encounter with the East was not only imperial or mercantile; it was teleological, imputing to itself the purpose of enlightening and civilizing the East.
As a neoscholastic, Bouquillon criticized the manualist tradition in his Theologia moralis fundamentalis; his teleological work was less interested in manualist forms of casuistry, then the final end of human beings and the proper means, rules, and acts for attaining that end.
It is also the story of the Church's understanding of how people can be saved through Christ without knowing him and be brought thereby into a teleological and spiritual relationship with the Church.
She traces a history of Anglo American representations of race from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries (though, she is careful to note, hers is not a progressive or teleological history).
Second: given that some theological schemes of transpersonal immortality (like that of Teilhard de Chardin) are based upon the notion of progressive evolution toward some collective and eternal "supermind," is there any indication that evolution has teleological, purposive characteristics?
have been framed within a teleological construction of the West's experience as the normative path for "advanced industrial democracy" and thus feel free to treat the actual views of local or regional peoples towards their desired future directions as merely opinions to be shaped and not to be heeded.
From Hegel's teleological perspective, the unity of the organism is defined as a functional totality.
He might rail about the "Harvardradclipped" Greenbergers, (7) but he still had to eliminate references to the body, literature, and God in order to join formalism's teleological wagon train.
Scott Burnham opens part 2, "Natural Forms--Forming Nature," with a gracefully written reappraisal of what is generally understood to be "the burden of our sense of sonata form: the idea of return as resolution and the closely related ideas of teleological process and unequivocal completion" (113).
This is particularly true in the case of irrigation where Tyrrell warns against teleological readings of nineteenth century irrigation promoters' discourse by historians seeking to demonstrate the historical ties between irrigation and the formation of California agribusiness in the twentieth century.
For millennia, almost everyone who was to take up his pen in the service of History was to perceive it in terms of a great cycle, or as progress toward a great end, or to indulge in a teleological exercise of one sort or another.