Final Causality in Nature and Human Affairs
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.
RICHARD F HASSING Introduction
Aristotles Definition of Nature?
ALLAN GOTTHELF Understanding Aristotles
FRANCIS SLADE Ends and Purposes
RICHARD L VELKLEY Moral Finality and
DAVID A WHITE Unity and Form in Kants
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