Alexander R. Pruss
(1) The only purpose of activity x is y.
A common notion of teleology?
The purpose of x is a goal y that x most of the time achieves and which is such that x’s existence is to be explained by x’s achieving y.
(1a) The only purpose, whether evolutionary or agent or other, of x is y
(2a) The only purpose, whether evolutionary or agent or other, of x is z
Was Mother Teresa rational?
“For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards … but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise … so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom” (1 Cor. 1:26-30)
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