Aristotles concept of cause

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ARISTOTLE'S CONCEPT OF CAUSE:

TRUE KNOWLEDGE
Unlike Plato, Aristotle did not believe there are two separate realms. He believed the world we live in is the only place in which we can have true knowledge, because it is through our sense experience that we come to understand things.

FORM
Aristotle believed that ‘form’ was not an ideal, but found within the item itself. The form is its structure and characteristics and can be perceived using the senses.

SUBSTANCE
The material of which things are made

Form of a table: It has four legs and a flat surface

Substance of a table: wood, nails and glue

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MATTER
Aristotle also used the term matter to define the stuff of which something is made:

A chair’s matter is wood, and its form is the structure of the chair itself

PRIME MATTER
Prime Matter refers to anything that lacks a well defined form – not organised in any particular structure. It has matter but no form.

GOD
For Aristotle, God is the only thing that has form without matter

CAUSES
Small children often go through a phase of asking ‘why’ about everything. They demand a reason for each answer given, leading to a chain of

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