Teleology Is Secondary to Theoretical Understanding in the Moral Realm

  • Walter B. Weimer


Rychlak’s discussion ranges over numerous topics in philosophical psychology, centering on such issues as internal versus external perspective in observation, the theory of causality, the measurement problem in quantum physics, the relational nature of the mental order, and many more. Given such diversity, it is impossible to discuss more than a sampling of his claims, and I will confine my remarks to two classes of points: those on which I feel other authors have preceded Rychlak and have been more systematic and coherent and points on which Rychlak’s analysis is incorrect. The critical nature of my remarks should not be allowed to obscure fundamental areas of agreement, such as the centrality of intentional and teleological theory in the moral sciences, the relational nature of the psychological order, and the importance of understanding the epistemology of physical theory. It is because I agree strongly on such issues that I am concerned to make the case as convincing as possible in their favor.


Moral Science Relational Nature Formal Conceptual Analysis Market Order Symbolic Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter B. Weimer
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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