Aristotle's Four Causes

quick quiz on the four causes

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  • Created by: Lottie
  • Created on: 24-11-11 17:43
What is the material cause?
the matter or substance from which something is made
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How is Aristotle's philosophy different from Plato's?
it emphasises the value of studying the physical world, rejects Plato's theory of Forms, rejects dualism and Plato's understanding of the soul
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What is the Formal cause?
what gives the matter its forms/ structure
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Name some qualities of the prime mover
uncaused causer,exists by necessity,it is the Final Cause, it is linked with God
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How is Aristotle linked with Christianity?
came up with the early forms of cosmological arguments, used to explain the Catholic belief of the presence of Jesus in bread and wine and influenced medievel thing about the nature of God
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What is the Efficient cause?
the cause of an object or thing existing
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What are the problems with the prime mover?
relationship between primemover and prime mover= unclear, prime mover is transcendent and cannot interact in the universe but God activity is usually represented differently, is there a final cause or purpose to the universe?
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What is the Final cause?
the reason why something is the way it is
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What does the word 'empirical' mean?
philosophy which a claim/view is supported by observable evidence you can study
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What does the work teleological mean?
refers to the final goal or purpose of something
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How is Aristotle's philosophy different from Plato's?

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Izzy

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some of the questions were good but you kept repeating some of the answers which were so obviously wrong making it easy to get them right without really having to think or know much about it, but it did help me as I really struggle with this part of my course so I have used some of the definitions, so thanks xxxxxx

Lottie

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Oh soz just trying to help everyone out here haha :)

Natalia Rnic

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Some of the answers to a few of your questions were misleading and incorrect which could disturb some revision. Ill give you a few examples to help - 

Question 4 - the prime mover is not the final cause because initially it is the prime mover - the final cause is the purpose of the object NOT the prime mover which makes the object happen in the first place.

and your final cause question - its the purpose not why something is the way it is.

I hope you value my notes and use them to help you.

Kim Slim

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