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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In order to proceed, we may consider that Hippocratic medicine might easily have been based on the dystelological philosophy of Empedocles (35) without itself being dysteleological (36).
For example, the term evolution may refer to teleological evolution (a purposeful and designed process) or a dysteleological evolution (a process devoid of purpose and driven by chance only), that is, the basic molecules to humans theory.
Through her creative dynamism, Sophia enters into creation and its creatures, producing friends of God and prophets against dysteleological suffering and death within the cosmos.
To continue with shorthand analogies, it is possible to make the following statement about memetics: Memetics is a Darwinian dysteleological theory of culture and mind that is often forced to use teleological language to describe what it claims to be non-teleological processes and events.
Tennyson employs this Miltonic allusion for primarily dysteleological purposes.
It is important to underline that this view of evolution is not the dysteleological process assumed by Richard Dawkins.
Darwinism is a problematic term since it is often skewed to carry metaphysical implications of atheism or of a dysteleological universe--notions to which Darwin never ascribed.