Meaning of teleology
Pronunciation: (tel"ē-ol'u-jē, tē"lē-), [key]
— n. Philos.
- the doctrine that final causes exist.
- the study of the evidences of design or purpose in nature.
- such design or purpose.
- the belief that purpose and design are a part of or are apparent in nature.
- (in vitalist philosophy) the doctrine that phenomena are guided not only by mechanical forces but that they also move toward certain goals of self-realization.
- teleology (Thesaurus)