Aristotle's Four Causes of Action

  title={Aristotle's Four Causes of Action},
  author={Bryan C. Reece},
  journal={Australasian Journal of Philosophy},
  pages={213 - 227}
  • Bryan C. Reece
  • Published 2019
  • Philosophy
  • Australasian Journal of Philosophy
  • ABSTRACT Aristotle's typical procedure is to identify four causes of natural changes. Intentional action, a natural change, has standardly been treated as an exception: most think that Aristotle has the standard causalist account, according to which an intentional action is a bodily movement efficiently caused by an attitude of the appropriate sort. I show that action is not an exception to Aristotle's typical procedure: he has the resources to specify four causes of action, and thus to… CONTINUE READING
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