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Teleology: teleology is the doctrine that dates back to Greek antiquity that processes in nature are oriented to a cause of purpose. There are two types of teleology, a) one of which assumes internal (immanent, in things), or b) external (transcendental, determined by a world-being) purpose causes. See also purposes, goals, causes, nous, logos, determinism.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Epicurus on Teleology - Dictionary of Arguments

Adorno XIII
Teleology/Purpose/EpicurusVsAristotle/Epicurus/Democritus/Adorno: Epicurus is even stronger opposing the placement of purposes into the natural things than Democritus. However, every relationship to gods, who had exercised its spooky nature in things, should be eliminated by criticising the thought of purpose.
>Purposes/Aristotle, >Purposes/Ancient philosophy, >Democritus, >Teleology.

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