Explaining phenomena or events in terms of ends, goals, or purposes, and that nature or evolution reflects the purposes of an immanent final cause. Famous teleologists include Aristotle, Teilhard, and Benisol. Frequently, teleologists have identified purpose in the universe with God or Omega. Many forms of evolutionary teleology find purpose in the higher levels of organic life but holds that it is not necessarily based in any transcendent being.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 09 January 2002.