Final Causality in Nature and Human Affairs

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Richard F. Hassing
CUA Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 282 pages
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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
30
william a Wallace Is Finality Included
52
allan gotthelf Understanding Aristotles
71
ernest l fortin On the Presumed Medieval
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
richard f hassing Modern Natural Science
211
Contributors
257
Index
277
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