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Teleology
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1. Nature and Origins of Teleology in Classical Philosophy

Teleology, from Gk. telos (end, aim, goal) and logos (science, study), refers to the systematic reflection upon purpose and purposive activity in the universe; it is most commonly used to refer to observable design or purpose in the universe. In Plato’s (427–347 b.c.) Phaedo, Socrates cautions against purely naturalistic or mechanis…

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Kennedy, Thomas D., “Teleology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_T.13>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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