A doutrina das causas finais na Antiguidade. 3. A teleologia na natureza, de Teofrasto a Galeno

Filosofia E Hist’Oria da Biologia 9 (1):79-120 (2014)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This paper studies the history of teleological thought in Antiquity, after Aristotle, analyzing three relevant episodes: the contribution of Theophrastus – a companion and successor of Aristotle; Stoicism, as described by Cicero in his work On the nature of gods; and Galen’s anatomical and physiological works, especially his book On the utility of the parts of the human body. This analysis exhibits the broad diversity of views concerning final causes in Antiquity, all of them widely different from Aristotle’s one, and the strong influence of theological concerns in some of those philosophers – such as the Stoics and Galen.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,569

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles


Added to PP

25 (#459,901)

6 months
1 (#418,511)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Roberto De Andrade Martins
Universidade de São Paulo

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations