Aristotle on Causality

[Revised entry by Andrea Falcon on March 11, 2015. Changes to: Bibliography] Each Aristotelian science consists in the causal investigation of a specific department of reality. If successful, such
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[Revised entry by Andrea Falcon on March 11, 2015. Changes to: Bibliography] Each Aristotelian science consists in the causal investigation of a specific department of reality. If successful, such an investigation results in causal knowledge; that is, knowledge of the relevant or appropriate causes. The emphasis on the concept of cause explains why Aristotle developed a theory of causality which is commonly known as the doctrine of the four causes. For Aristotle, a firm grasp of what a cause is, and how many kinds of causes there are, is essential for a...

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