Four Types of Explanation

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Click to edit Master subtitle style  9/8/10 Four Types of Explanation -Aristotle By: Andrew Fernandez Marlon Baker
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 9/8/10 “It is plain then, that nature is a cause, a cause  that operates for a purpose”  (415). Aristotle explains how things come about, such as that in  nature, and argues that these are the four ‘causes’ in  which things come about. Material Cause Formal Cause Efficient Cause Final Cause Main Argument of Aristotle
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 9/8/10 Material Cause- that out of which a thing comes to  be (414).  (wood is the cause of a table) Formal Cause- The form or original pattern is a  cause (414).  (The shape of a thing) Efficient Cause- The primary source of  something’s changing (414).  (the father is the  cause of the child) Explanation of ‘Causes’ 
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 9/8/10 Final Cause- the end, or that for the sake of which  something is cone is a cause (414).  (Health is the 
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Unformatted text preview: cause of walk) Contd 9/8/10 It is absurd to suppose that the purpose is not present because we do not observe the agent deliberate (415). Interpretation: There is a purpose in everything, and if we do not find one then it is because we didnt look hard enough. Nihilism: The Philosophical doctrine that argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Objections 9/8/10 Contd German Philosopher It is said to be that 9/8/10 Alternate way of thinking is that maybe not quite everything serves a purpose in life Example: Complaing serves no purpose in life whereas action does Interpretation: Complaining gets you nowhere until you take action in an effort to make a difference towards whatever it is that you are complaining about. Alternative...
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