showing evidence of design or purpose, especially in natural phenomena.
referring to attributing conscious purpose to something within a simple physical phenomenon.
Belief in or the perception of purposeful development toward an end, as in nature or history.
(1) Having to do with results, goals, ends, purposes. (2) As a view about finite reality, it is that finite reality is being guided by something (Someone) outside of that finite reality toward a purpose or goal. (3) As a view of ethics, it is that an act can be declared moral or immoral on the basis of what it accomplishes or what its goal or purpose was.
having to do with purposes or ends. The second half of the third Critique examines the objective purposiveness in our perception of natural organisms in order to construct a system of teleological judgment.
Refers to purposive goal-directed behaviour or explanation. The "hard" ST prediction that religion will continue to decline in the future has been called teleological, although it arguably is not really so as there is emphatically no purpose involved in such social changes - it is just that the word connotes a longterm prediction.
A system of morality in which the proper choice among two or more options is based on their practical consequences. Whichever choice has the best (or least worse) outcome is the moral decision. Antonym is deontological.