Essays Tagged: "Four causes"

Aristotle vs. Darwin

re described in On the Soul and On the Generation of Animals. These thoughts can be epitomized into four main areas of Aristotle's vitalistic belief:1. He connects the life of an organism with its psy ... he parts, should be taken into account.4. He emphasizes the soul as the final goal.Looking at these four traditions, it is not shocking that Aristotle thought that single limbs, such as an arm, was a ...

(9 pages) 444 6 4.6 Jun/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

Aristotle: A Comprehensive View on Nature and Society

onstitutes the substance, and without these universals, a substance would not be what is. There are four characteristics of substances: a substance is a "this", not a qualification or a 'such' (which ... gin of their change and movement. He continues by stating that the change which can occur is due to four possible natural causes: formal cause, material cause, efficient cause, and final cause. Formal ...

(5 pages) 323 0 4.4 Dec/1994

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Essay on Aristotle

ture seem to occur most of the time and exhibit a pattern of change which can be broken up into the four causes, Aristotle argues that nature must have a purpose. Order and conformity to type infer pu ...

(3 pages) 117 0 3.0 Dec/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Aristotle

tate compare to the potential state is demonstrated in terms of the causes which act on things. The four causes include material cause, efficient cause, formal cause, and final cause. First the materi ... the statue, as the sculptor envisions it . The final cause is the perfection of the statue . These four stages of creation through termination exist throughout nature. Aristotle's vision of early che ...

(2 pages) 107 1 4.5 Oct/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Ancient Philosophy and Aristotle.

otle viewed was the world around him. He observed that everything is in motion, and that one motion causes another motion and so on. Much like billiard balls on a pool table. One ball hits another bal ... e. One ball hits another ball, that ball moves, hits a third ball, and the third ball moves. Like A causes B to move causes C to move etc. After careful observation, Aristotle noticed that everything ...

(8 pages) 106 0 4.3 Jul/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays

Political Theory Hobbes Aristotle

se of the objective "good life" or final cause or purpose for the citizen. The only requirements or causes that are desirable are that of use of one's own reason (material), in addition to one's body ...

(15 pages) 177 0 4.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science > Political Theory

Titanic

use can be a direct physical mechanism or an explanatory feature (historical cause). Of Aristotle's Four Causes (Formal, Material, Efficient and Final), only the efficient cause creates something dist ...

(11 pages) 72 0 5.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies

Evolution is progressive

al explanation derives from Aristotle, and is a functional notion. Aristotle divided causes up into four kinds - material (the stuff of which a thing is made), formal (its form or structure), efficien ... biology, but there is a further important distinction to be made. Mayr [1982: 47-51] distinguished four kinds of explanations that are sometimes called teleology: telenomic (goal-seeking, Aristotle's ...

(4 pages) 62 0 4.6 Mar/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers

Apparent progress due to a 'wall' restricting where random change can take things.

al explanation derives from Aristotle, and is a functional notion. Aristotle divided causes up into four kinds - material (the stuff of which a thing is made), formal (its form or structure), efficien ... biology, but there is a further important distinction to be made. Mayr [1982: 47-51] distinguished four kinds of explanations that are sometimes called teleology: telenomic (goal-seeking, Aristotle's ...

(3 pages) 33 1 5.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > World History

Describe Aristotle's teaching about the differences between the final cause and the other causes and also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Aristotle's views on causality

Aristotle outlined four causes that established the end purpose of an object or action. They are as follows: the materi ... ed that the final cause was different from the other three causes and was the most important of the four.Objects, whether they are animate or inanimate tend to have all four of the causes although it ... e animate or inanimate tend to have all four of the causes although it is not necessary to have all four. Actions only tend to have a couple of causes: The efficient cause and the final cause.Aristotl ...

(6 pages) 84 0 5.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

How did Aquinas resolve the conflict between Aristotelian philosophy and the Christian Doctrine of the beginning of the world?

ution of the problem. In the thirteenth century the Christian doctrine of creation contained four major tenets: God alone created the universe, that He created the universe out of nothing at al ... T 1a 46.2 Body) At the time, the eternity or non-eternity of the world was a contentious issue. The Fourth Lateran council of 1215 had declared that the world had a temporal beginning, and Etienne Tem ...

(7 pages) 37 0 5.0 May/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Aristotle's Beliefs

the person of experience without knowledge cannot. He defined wisdom as knowledge of principles and causes. In his Physics and Metaphysics Aristotle discussed the material and formal causes Plato used ... ysics Aristotle discussed the material and formal causes Plato used and also the efficient and finalcauses. The material cause explains what something is made of (out of which), the formal cause how i ...

(3 pages) 224 3 4.5 Jun/2004

Subjects: Art Essays > Artists

The Philosophy of Life

d a different view of forms; he concerned himself with the relation of matter and form. He saw only four ultimately basic questions that could be applied to anything. He called these the four causes: ...

(7 pages) 167 0 4.6 Jul/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

The Sophists.

f essential laws.Aristotle claimed that complete understanding of a thing required identifying its "four causes." The Four Causes are the Material Cause, the Formal Cause, the Efficient Cause and the ...

(4 pages) 48 0 0.0 Sep/2005

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Aristotle's Fundamentals

etter understand how it interacts with the world.Another fundamental concept of Aristotle's was the four causes. Causes are related to the natures of things, they generally explain everything about an ... Causes are related to the natures of things, they generally explain everything about an object. The four causes in order of increasing importance are: formal, material, efficient and final. The formal ...

(6 pages) 54 0 5.0 Mar/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Aristotle's Change

Aristotle's solution to the problem the One and the Many? To what extend can appeals to Aristotle's four causes be considered "scientific" explanations of phenomena?IntroductionGreek philosophers are ... he One and the Many that philosophers in the past could not grasp completely. Section 3-Aristotle's Four Causes, explains what the four causes are how they can be considered scientific explanations of ...

(5 pages) 28 0 0.0 Dec/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Aristotle's Physics

statue or a bowl) what it is (a statue or a bowl)? This question can only be answered by examining four causes. These four causes, identified by Aristotle, are material, formal, efficient, and final ...

(6 pages) 335 0 0.0 Apr/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Aquinas

(5 pages) 12 1 0.0 Oct/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

What is time?

bodies', and says that they are not definitive of time(XI.xxiii.29). For example, there are twenty-four hours in a day, right? But wouldn't those hours would still pass even if there was no sun? Of c ...

(13 pages) 4 0 0.0 Nov/2014

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy