1. the position that specific phenomena are best comprehended and depicted with regard to their reasons and functions instead of their causes. With regard to psychology, its advocates ascertain that cognitive procedures are with reason, that being, directed toward an objective. 2. the principle postulating that the universe, or human past, or both, have reason, function, and direction and are progressing toward a specific objective. This position is generally, but not always, a religious position.
TELEOLOGY: "The study of teleology is not common in public schools, but occurs often in private Christian constructs."