This book investigates the conception of finality in nature (teleology) in Immanuel Kant's critical philosophy and in Maurice Blondel's work. The introduction explains the genuine necessity of a reflection on the problem of finality in nature and the role Kant's and Blondel's philosophies could play in it. The first part of the study describes Kant's teleology from the perspective of the whole of his critical philosophy and shows both its strengths and its weaknesses. The second part exposes Blondel's conception of finality in nature and explains how it can be seen as a successful effort to cope with the problems of Kantian thought. In conclusion, the work underlines the inevitability of teleology as an epistemic approach to nature and its value for a contemporary world view.
The Author: Raymond Jahae, O.M.I., born in Heerlen (NL) in 1968, ordained priest in 1997, studied in Utrecht, Louvain, Mainz, and Rome (Gregorian University). With doctorates in philosophy and theology as well as a licence in religious sciences, he teaches philosophy at Saint-Paul University, Ottawa (Canada).
Peter Lang GmbH
Date of Publication
Europaische Hochschulschriften/European University Studies/Publications Universitaires Europeennes Reihe 20: Philosophie/Series 20: Philosophy/Serie 20: Philosophie