What does the word teleology mean?

Usage examples for teleology

  1. These have been called the law of Unconscious Teleology, and the law of Reversed Effort. – The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day by Evelyn Underhill
  2. And no doubt it is quite true that the doctrine of Evolution is the most formidable opponent of all the commoner and coarser forms of Teleology. – Critiques and Addresses by Thomas Henry Huxley
  3. But the time had not come for emancipation from the old teleology. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others