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teleological

 [te″le-o-loj´ĭ-k'l]
serving an ultimate purpose in development.
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In the Analytic of the Critique of the Teleological Power of Judgment Kant characterizes the concept of an organism-type (alternatively, "organism-type concept").
The first element to understand these striking points is the teleological character of the former liberation theology.
The virtual majority in the business of naturalizing consciousness by reducing the problem of consciousness to the problem of representation assumes that teleological theories of mental content can deliver the naturalistic theory their accounts require.
Pro-choice advocates typically defend abortion on the basis of the increased welfare it brings to women and society, a teleological, rather than deontological defense (Lake, 1986; Palczewski, 1992).
For example, after discussing the basis for morality in a teleological concept of the universe, he delves into the "universal beauty of creation"--an interesting topic but not immediately linked to the subject at hand.
It is through this critical lens that Leeman unpacks Obama's rhetoric, starting with the teleological rhetoric used in his prepresidential discourse.
By 1995, when I published Rational Choice and Moral Agency, I was touting "supporting" conditions as a more practically relevant concept for philosophers studying teleological justification.
Maud experiments with a dialogic form of representing consciousness through its speaker and offers a textual manifestation of the confrontation between the centripetal pull of teleological epistemologies and the centrifugal push of heteroglossia.
In addition, as I shall note, when approached in this way, the teleological aspects of Teilhard's understanding--at present eclipsed within that dialogue--in practice come back into view.
I would argue that macro-theory is not necessarily teleological, but this is not the time or the place for debates on the philosophy of science.
What reason naturally apprehends as good is based in the created teleological structure of natural inclinations toward particular ends (with the ultimate end being God himself).
This was, however, an ambiguous move--speaking on one hand to a dream of a timeless ideal body while embracing on the other such functionalist projects as the New Man and the machine aesthetic--and that ambiguity challenges simple teleological models of the succession of avant-gardes.