teleology

wpc at cs.strath.ac.uk wpc at cs.strath.ac.uk
Mon Aug 1 03:34:45 MDT 1994


One can have a theory about the likely development of something that
is non-teleological. Astronomers predict that as a main sequence star,
our sun will eventually develop into a red giant and engulf the inner
planets. This is a predicted fate for the earth.

It would become a teleology if one were to say that the sun
existed in its present form, in order, that it might later
consume our planet.

Similarly one can non-teleologically argue that there are tendancies
within capitalism that make its long term survival unlikely and
replacement by socialism likely.



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