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- (philosophy, theology) A type of argument for the existence of God, advanced by a number of philosophers, including Thomas Aquinas and George Berkeley, which maintains that the design of the world reveals that objects have purposes or ends and that such an organized design must be the creation of a supreme designer (God). Also called the argument from design.
- "teleological argument" in the Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- "teleological argument" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
- "the argument from design" in "The Existence of God" by P.J. Toner, in The Catholic Encyclopedia, Robert Appleton Company, New York, 1911.
- "teleological argument" in FOLDOP - Free On-Line Dictionary Of Philosophy.
- "teleological argument" in A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names © 1997-2002 Garth Kemerling.
- Dictionary of Philosophy, Dagobert D. Runes (ed.), Philosophical Library, 1962. See: "Teleological argument for God" by Vergilius Ferm, p. 314.