Aristotle's Four Causes

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What are Aristotle's Four Causes?
Aristotal believed that the Four Causes could tell us the meaning of everything in the universe (e.g. a table, an apple tree, a dog, etc.)
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The First Cause
Material - What the matter is composed of. For example, a book is made out of paper and ink.
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The Second Cause
Efficient - What caused or created the object. For example, a publisher physically made the book.
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The Third Cause
Formal - The characteristics o an object. For example, a book has pages, words, a cover, etc.
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The Fourth Cause
Final - The purpose (telos) of the object. What is the purpose of a book? To inform, entertain, etc.
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Material - What the matter is composed of. For example, a book is made out of paper and ink.

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The First Cause

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Efficient - What caused or created the object. For example, a publisher physically made the book.

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Formal - The characteristics o an object. For example, a book has pages, words, a cover, etc.

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Final - The purpose (telos) of the object. What is the purpose of a book? To inform, entertain, etc.

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