1st Edition

Teleology and Modernity

Edited By William Gibson, Dan O'Brien, Marius Turda Copyright 2020
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    The main and original contribution of this volume is to offer a discussion of teleology through the prism of religion, philosophy and history. The goal is to incorporate teleology within discussions across these three disciplines rather than restrict it to one as is customarily the case. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, from individual teleologies to collective ones; ideas put forward by the French aristocrat Arthur de Gobineau and the Scottish philosopher David Hume, by the Anglican theologian and founder of Methodism, John Wesley, and the English naturalist Charles Darwin.

    List of contributors


    by Dan O’Brien, Marius Turda and William Gibson

    Section I: Religion

    Chapter 1: ‘We Apply these Tools to our Morals’: Eighteenth-century Freemasonry, A Case Study in Teleology

    by Richard Berrman

    Chapter 2: Teleologies and Religion in the Eighteenth Century

    by William Gibson

    Chapter 3: John Wesley and the Teleology of Education

    by Linda A. Ryan

    Section II: History

    Chapter 4: Teleology and Race

    by Marius Turda

    Chapter 5: Charles Darwin and the Argument for Design

    by David Redvaldsen

    Chapter 6: Teleology and Jewish Heretical Religiosity: Nietzsche and Rosenzweig

    by David Ohana

    Section III: Philosophy

    Chapter 7: Can the Sciences Do without Final Causes?

    by Stephen Boulter

    Chapter 8: Hume, Teleology and the ‘Science of Man’

    by Lorenzo Greco and Dan O’Brien

    Chapter 9: What is the Function of Morality?

    by Mark Cain

    Chapter 10: Is Intuitive Teleological Reasoning Promiscuous?

    by Johan de Smedt and Helen de Cruz



    William Gibson is Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History at Oxford Brookes University.

    Dan O’Brien is Reader in Philosophy and Subject Co-ordinator for Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University

    Marius Turda is Professor in 20th Century Central and Eastern European Biomedicine at Oxford Brookes University.