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Now, where there is selection and where there is adaptation there must be purposiveness.

He holds that those who accept evolution are bound to reject all "purposiveness."

Baer, especially, has laid stress on the purposiveness of all vital movement.

But this purposiveness may be only formal and subjective, or real and objective.

The Realism of the purposiveness of nature is also either physical or hyperphysical.

Consequently the Fatalism of purposiveness is at the same time an Idealism.

But this purposiveness does not imply a purpose or any other ground whatever.

Telic character or purposiveness and fixity are like oil and water.

Darwin has given us in his theory of selection a mechanical explanation of the apparent design and purposiveness in this.

In beautiful Art the principle of the Idealism of purposiveness is still clearer.

WORD ORIGIN

1849, from purpose + -ive.

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