Some Issues in Aristotelian Causation
Of the four kinds of causes which Aristotle sees as jointly necessary to comprehensive explanation of the observed phenomena of the world, it is final causes, with the integral involvement of ends or goals, which seem to be most difficult to reconcile with contemporary conceptions. This paper explores some of the issues arising and takes some initial steps towards such reconciliation. The aim is to develop a coherent picture built upon an Aristotelian foundation, rather than establish a definitive interpretation or critique.
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