Formal Causes: Definition, Explanation, and Primacy in Socratic and Aristotelian Thought

Oxford University Press (2013)
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Michael T. Ferejohn presents a new analysis of Aristotle's theory of explanation and scientific knowledge, in the context of its Socratic roots. Ferejohn shows how Aristotle resolves the tension between his commitment to the formal-case model of explanation and his recognition of the role of efficient causes in explaining natural phenomena



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