Darwin was a teleologist

  title={Darwin was a teleologist},
  author={James G. Lennox},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  • J. Lennox
  • Published 1 October 1993
  • Philosophy
  • Biology and Philosophy
It is often claimed that one of Darwin's chief accomplishments was to provide biology with a non-teleological explanation of adaptation. A number of Darwin's closest associates, however, and Darwin himself, did not see it that way. In order to assess whether Darwin's version of evolutionary theory does or does not employ teleological explanation, two of his botanical studies are examined. The result of this examination is that Darwin sees selection explanations of adaptations as teleological… 

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