Definition of finalism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪn(ə)lɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
The doctrine that natural processes, for example evolution, are directed towards some goal.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /fʌɪn(ə)ˈlɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • A taxonomy of social cognitions is suggested comprising three classes: causal, evaluative and finalistic thinking.
  • During this period of time no serious and efficacious attempt of finalistic therapy is put into practice.

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