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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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For example, he describes the teleological development of a system as follows: "A developing system will respond to such threats [instability] by elaborating its structure--encoding new information in its boundary conditions--so as to further constrain its elements.
How many rear guard actions it takes to insuperate the pines is how many antinomies it takes to cover the birds in sugar for their deaths, this new staging, this redecoration of birds, this invest, these birds now with class ultimate & teleological.
The first research question is discussed from three perspectives: teleological, ontological, and pragmatic.
At the same time, it carries the teleological danger of ineluctability, of predetermination.
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The hypothesis tested in this study was that teleological ethical views would correlate positively with evolutionist views.
In her meticulous examination of the cosmological and mythical passages in the Timaeus, Philebus, Politicus, and Laws she argues that Plato held a kind of panpsychism and organicism that marries a teleological view of nature to a notion of the 'imitation of god.
However here's a puzzle: we are accustomed to dissing any idea of "progress" as naive, teleological or imperialist; yet we want to use the term progressive.
2) Brown's research largely supports Bailey's contention that the changes within the English prison system were more complex and variable than teleological models allow.
Even paleontologists slip into teleological language sometimes, don't they?
The technological, teleological, and gendered conspiracies of the novels do not end in utter uncertainty, but instead end with the possibilities of hope, even of belief.
The teleological argument of the ancients, then, appears with a new meaning, a meaning that is reinforced and supplemented with copious new data that our ever-more sophisticated instruments have generated, but data that was never before looked at by hearts yearning for solace in the wake of an earthquake or hurricane.