Final Causality in Nature and Human Affairs

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CUA Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 282 pages
Teleology - the inquiry into the goals or goods at which nature, history, God, and human beings aim - is among the most fundamental yet controversial themes in the history of philosophy. Are there ends in nonhuman nature? Does human history have a goal? Do humanly unintended events of great significance express some sort of purpose? Do human beings have ends prior to choice? The essays in this volume address the abiding questions of final causality. The chapters are arranged in historical order from Aristotle through Hegel to contemporary anthropic-principle cosmology.
 

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Contents

RICHARD F HASSING Introduction
1
Aristotles Definition of Nature?
52
ALLAN GOTTHELF Understanding Aristotles
71
FRANCIS SLADE Ends and Purposes
86
RICHARD L VELKLEY Moral Finality and
107
DAVID A WHITE Unity and Form in Kants
125
JOHN W BURBIDGE The Cunning of Reason
151
JOHN LESLIE The Anthropic Principle Today
163
RICHARD F HASSING Modern Natural Science
211
Contributors
257
Index
277
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