Teleologist



noun, Philosophy.
1.
the doctrine that final causes exist.
2.
the study of the evidences of design or purpose in nature.
3.
such design or purpose.
4.
the belief that purpose and design are a part of or are apparent in nature.
5.
(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.
noun
1.
(philosophy)

the doctrine that there is evidence of purpose or design in the universe, and esp that this provides proof of the existence of a Designer
the belief that certain phenomena are best explained in terms of purpose rather than cause
the systematic study of such phenomena See also final cause

2.
(biology) the belief that natural phenomena have a predetermined purpose and are not determined by mechanical laws

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