Darwin's language may seem teleological, but his thinking is another matter

  title={Darwin's language may seem teleological, but his thinking is another matter},
  author={M. Ghiselin},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  • M. Ghiselin
  • Published 1994
  • Philosophy
  • Biology and Philosophy
  • Darwin's biology was “teleological” only if the term “teleology” is defined in a manner that fails to recognize his contribution to the metaphysics and epistemology of modern science. His use of teleological metaphors in a strictly teleonomic context is irrelevant to the meaning of his discourse. The myth of Darwin's alleged teleology is partly due to misinterpretations of discussions about whether morphology should be a purely formal science. Merely rejecting such notions as special creation… CONTINUE READING
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