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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.teleologist - advocate of teleology
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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F]or a teleologist, the moral quality or value of actions, persons, or traits of character is dependent on the comparative nonmoral value of what they bring about or try to bring about.
True, he did not know he was a teleologist, but he was none the less a teleologist for this.
36) It is not implausible to consider Hippocrates a teleologist, provided that teleology is understood to mean that nature is capable of tending to its own needs, and therefore that the only thing a doctor needed to do was to remove the obstacles standing in the way of nature's capacity to heal itself.
And as Mack suggests, unlike many contemporary libertarians, Locke is a teleologist about rights for whom the structure of rights arises from the requirements of self-preservation, and is constrained by it as well.
Although approaches in both categories recognize the notion of duty, the teleologist seeks to identify and do that act which "maximizes good(s)" (16).
Since teleological doxastic explanations are built upon the attribution of a goal to the believer, they bring with them expectations, expectations deriving from the compensatory behavior that the teleologist says the believer will undertake in order to achieve that goal.
A teleologist could conceivably argue that "mudslinging" in a political campaign is appropriate if it results in the election of a public official who supports progressive or social work-related causes (Hardina, 2002).
I will proceed as follows: First, I explain how the teleologist interprets the analogy.
19] Furthermore, Aristotle is not a teleologist in the sense expounded by Kantians such as Rawls, for he does not justify oppression by arguing for the maximization of some state of affairs teleologically justified as best.
But Dan has demonstrated once again that it is hard to graduate from a Christian Brothers Military Academy without remaining a card-carrying teleologist, even if you have gone to Harvard and left behind other features of the Catholic intellectual legacy.
The teleologist can admit to having no analysis of the crucial teleological connectives.
The implication is rather that someone else thought Mind "wished" to do something, and we do not have to look far at all to identify him: it is the teleologist upon whose Physics Simplicius is here commenting.