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Spooky Teleology

Spooky Teleology with Daniel Kodaj
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

According to a fairly prevalent origin myth, modern science emerged out of the rejection of teleological conceptions of nature. But what, exactly, is it that modern science refuted?

Kodaj argues here that we lack a clear metaphysical understanding of the kind of teleology—‘spooky’ teleology—that is supposed to be antithetical to contemporary naturalism. He will look at two possible definitions (one by Mark Bedau and one by Hawthorne & Nolan), and will offer an additional alternative.

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The chief goal of the "Meant to Be: Resuscitating the Metaphysics of Teleology" project is to foster intelligent debate on philosophical issues concerning science, religion, and their conflicts and connections. To find out more about this project, please visit its website: