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Aristotle's Conception of Final Causality

Allan Gotthelf

in Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle's Biology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199287956
eISBN:
9780191738296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287956.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Starting from the premise that Aristotelian explanation proceeds via the concepts of natures and potentials (and not, say, laws), this chapter argues that for Aristotle the generation of a living ... More


Walter Chatton’s Rejection of Final Causality

Kamil Majcherek

in Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy Volume 7

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198845515
eISBN:
9780191880704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198845515.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The paper examines Walter Chatton’s rejection of final causality. At the core of Chatton’s theory lies the claim that there are four kinds of cause (material, formal, efficient, and final), but only ... More


Efficient Causation in Kant

Eric Watkins

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter describes how Kant’s views on causality, which contrast starkly with both his empiricist and his rationalist predecessors, are developed in most abstract form in the principles and ... More


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