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 (tĕl′ē-ŏl′ə-jē, tē′lē-)
n. pl. tel·e·ol·o·gies
1. The philosophical interpretation of natural phenomena as exhibiting purpose or design.
2. The use of ultimate purpose or design as a means of explaining phenomena.
3. Belief in or the perception of purposeful development toward an end, as in history.

[Greek teleios, teleos, perfect, complete (from telos, end, result; see kwel- in Indo-European roots) + -logy.]

tel′e·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl), tel′e·o·log′ic (-ĭk) adj.
tel′e·o·log′i·cal·ly adv.
tel′e·ol′o·gist n.
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Noun1.teleologist - advocate of teleology
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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[F]or a teleologist, the moral quality or value of actions, persons, or traits of character is dependent on the comparative nonmoral value of what they bring about or try to bring about....
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True, he did not know he was a teleologist, but he was none the less a teleologist for this.
And as Mack suggests, unlike many contemporary libertarians, Locke is a teleologist about rights for whom the structure of rights arises from the requirements of self-preservation, and is constrained by it as well.
So if Rawls's deontology/teleology distinction states a dichotomy, Locke is a teleologist; if it states a continuum, Locke inclines far closer to the deontological end than the teleological end.
After the Holocaust, how can one be a "teleologist" and believe in divinity?
Although approaches in both categories recognize the notion of duty, the teleologist seeks to identify and do that act which "maximizes good(s)" (16).
Since teleological doxastic explanations are built upon the attribution of a goal to the believer, they bring with them expectations, expectations deriving from the compensatory behavior that the teleologist says the believer will undertake in order to achieve that goal.
A teleologist could conceivably argue that "mudslinging" in a political campaign is appropriate if it results in the election of a public official who supports progressive or social work-related causes (Hardina, 2002).
qualifies as a teleologist. Spinoza's ethics may be construed
I argue that the idea that truth is the standard of correctness for belief, which is the key to explaining transparency, is not correctly interpreted by the teleologist's descriptive claim that belief is causally regulated by truth-regarding considerations, but rather is expressed in the prescription to believe that p only if p is true that frames an agent's deliberation about whether to believe that p.