(from Gk. for doctrine, theory, or science of the end). Branch of philos. that studies evidences of design or goal-directed activity, including purposive activity, systems of purposive activity, special concepts used to distinguish purposive from nonpurposive activity, identification of functions, systems of functional activity, and special concepts used to analyze activity. See also Apologetics, II A, B 3; Finalism; God, Arguments for the Existence of; Immortality, Arguments for.
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