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Author(s): Kennedy, Thomas D.
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 mechanistic accounts of natural activity and occurrences that overlook the purposiveness of the natural order and fail to recognize the telos of the universe as determ…