Teleology

Teleology is surely an account of the thing’s purpose. For example, a teleological reason of why forks have prongs is until this design helps humans eat particular foods; stabbing food to help humans eat is actually what forks are usually for. Though ancient atomists rejected the notion of natural teleology, teleological accounts of non-personal or non-human character were explored and often endorsed in early and medieval philosophies, but fell into disfavor throughout the modern era.