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Unformatted text preview: aition ? Part of Aristotles point is that there is no one answer to this question. An aition is just whatever one can cite in answer to a why? question. And what we give in answering a why? question is an explanation. So an aition is best thought of as an explanation than as a cause. 4. Even so, thats not enough. First, Aristotle thinks that you can ask what the aitia of this table are, and its not clear what sense, if any, it makes to ask for an explanation of the table. Second, he thinks that, in some sense, a carpenter is an aition of a table, and its not clear in what sense, if any, a carpenter (or anything like a carpenter) could be an explanation of anything . Here perhaps Ackrills explanatory factor is a more illuminating translation of aition . That is, an aition is something that plays a role as an explanatory factor in the explanation of something. But, as well see, there are many kinds of explanations....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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