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The Formal Cause

Terence Irwin

in Aristotle's First Principles

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242901
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597770 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198242905.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Formal Cause

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In Physics ii, Aristotle reopens the questions about matter, form and substance that he discussed in Book i. He discusses them with reference to his views about causation. The reasons why his argument fails to avoid the limitations of pure dialectic, while showing how these limitations may be avoided are explained.

Keywords: Aristotle; causation; dialectic; teleology; substance

Chapter.  10618 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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