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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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Historical explanation is really a form of interpretation that is embedded in the form of the narrative--one might even go so far as to say that it is teleologically derived from a narrative in a specific from.
According to Kahn, queer and feminist early modern critics can find common ground by addressing the historical differences among gender and sexual ideologies without reifying or teleologically plotting the emergence of gender and sexual identities.
This macro view, however, does not teleologically negate the importance of regional histories.
A staunch anti-industrialist, he wanted to create a society where human beings could find freedom from the anxieties and neurotic fears which a mechanised and teleologically organised existence had brought about.
In my view, presenting Mimamsa would only have helped Hiltebeitel's overall case that dharma must be understood in its contestations and variable conceptualizations, rather than as converging lines that point teleologically to a single, later dharma.
The debate about sexual ethics is ultimately about whether or not we accept that "things have a Nature that is teleologically ordered to ends that inhere in their essence and make them what they are.
Both economic science and praxeology deal with teleologically oriented subjects that act in a purposeful manner in order to substitute a more satisfactory state of affairs for a less satisfactory.
One of the most common mistakes voice teachers make is that we tend to see potential as though it functioned teleologically.
Now we can hypothesize a world that admits spontaneity at its most basic levels--as quantum theory seems to show, granting that in great numbers unorganized spontaneity irons out to the predictable patterns studied by mechanist science, until we get to higher organizing centers galvanizing the lower spontaneities teleologically.
If one aspect of the lumber-room gives Richardson an authorial space to transform his text into a novel genre and propel his vision teleologically forward, it simultaneously energizes Pamela with a reverse impulse, one that moves it backwards and reminds us that Richardson's vision of his "little chapel" of literature is in fact a re-vision that might threaten Pamela's newness.
From this perspective, one might say that Kirkpatrick provides a primordial theory of divine action that is simultaneously also eschatologically and teleologically oriented according to patterns discerned by scriptural traditions of inquiry.
To designate it thus as noise is to conceive it from the point of view of the individual teleologically destined to citizenship in an ideal republic maximally purged of the noise of life and of the empirical domain.