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Teleology, ambiguity, and creative outcomes

December 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Teleology is a highly ambiguous term, and has very little meaning. It depends on its essential meaning in a specific case. Note the resemblance, perhaps, to determinism! Is future determined? It would seem teleological. But that’s only is the telos is a fixed state. Suppose a teleological system was ‘evolving freedom’. It could not resolve a fixed future: it would evolve a ‘free creative potential’ for freedom to manifest. And this could not produce a fixed ‘telos’, since the outcome would be subject to creative amiguities.

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