Definition of finalism in English:
The doctrine that natural processes, for example evolution, are directed towards some goal.
- However, Bergson continues, the teleological approach of traditional finalism equally makes genuine creation of the new impossible, since it entails, just as mechanism, that the ‘whole is given.’
- The adoption of a similar epistemology would be disruptive for historiographies that are characterized by a strong sense of finalism.
- But radical finalism is quite as unacceptable, and for the same reason.
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