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Causality, Understanding, and Explanation: Philosophical Roots

  • Aaro Toomela
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Abstract

In this chapter Aristotle’s theory of causality is discussed in details. It is demonstrated that his theory of causality is more complex and realistic than often it is realized today. Some modern misconceptions of Aristotle’s causality especially those related to his final cause and the concept of “motion” are revealed.

Keywords

Aristotle’s causality Efficient causality Final causality Four causes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaro Toomela
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  1. 1.Institute of Natural Sciences and HealthTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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