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  • n. Plural form of finality.


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  • Yet, there always remains a broad range of intelligible events, and the process is rational in that it reveals an order of evident correspondences and undeniable finalities: in the inorganic world, between microstructure and macrostructure; in the organic and animal world, between structure and function; and in the spiritual world, between knowledge of the truth and the aspiration to freedom.


  • Never the murdered finalities of wherewhen and yesno, impotent nongames of wrongright and rightwrong; never to gain or pause, never the soft adventure of undoom, greedy anguishes and cringing ecstasies of inexistence; never to rest and never to have; only to grow.

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  • For me that is self-evident and denotes the obvious contradiction between intentionality (as a teleological standpoint and its extrinsic finalities) and consequentialness (as the most important moral standpoint).

    Democracy: What We Want Is What We Get, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Here the logic of the social reaches its limit – the point where it inverts its finalities and reaches its point of inertia and extermination, but at the same time approaches ecstasy.

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  • It's so hard to concentrate when I'm at a place I hold no respect for at all, I keep thinking of all the bills that need to be paid, I can't get that silly woman to call me about the wedding reception finalities ....

    badbadzoot Diary Entry

  • It's manpower intensive because they have to follow every lead to its finalities.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2002

  • Lucretius, a Roman poet whose philosophy to Santayana escaped both the irrational optimism of traditional idealism and the scientific finalities of raw materialism.

    Dan Miller: "Harvard, We Have a Problem"

  • Page 185, Volume 2 learned the lesson of Darwinism will “forswear inquiry after absolute origins and absolute finalities in order to explore specific values and the specific conditions that generate them” (1910, p. 13).


  • Archaic arrogance and conflicting finalities are yielding to a nicer grasp of what matters and should be enshrined.

    League of Red Cross Societies - Nobel Lecture

  • For from its very nature it follows that it is only able to explain the reciprocal action of material things among themselves, when these things in their finalities, or the causes of their qualities and conditions, are already present, and the laws which they follow are already active.

    The Theories of Darwin and Their Relation to Philosophy, Religion, and Morality


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