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A doutrina das causas finais na Antiguidade. 2. A teleologia na natureza, segundo Aristóteles (2013)


This paper describes the four causes accepted by Aristotle, and then focus upon his concept of final causes, especially emphasizing its use in the study of living beings. The article discusses several difficulties in interpreting Aristotle's teleology, such as its relation with the concept of a providential god, and the difficulty of understanding goals in processes that do not include intelligent agency. The Aristotelian ideas on final causes are highly complex, and they are widely different from those usually ascribed to the philosopher.

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Authors & Contributors
Leunissen, Mariska
Ribera-Martin, Ignacio De
Santiago Chame
Aparna Ravilochan
Iwata, Naoya
Scharle, Margaret Elizabeth
Apeiron: Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
Journal of the History of Philosophy
Filosofia e História da Biologia
Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch fur Antike und Mittelalter
Ancient Philosophy
Oxford University Press
New School University
University of California, Los Angeles
Princeton University Press
Cambridge University Press
Princeton University
Four elements (philosophy)
Moore, G. E.
Time Periods
20th century, early

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