Explanation and Teleology in Aristotle's Science of Nature: Introducing biology as a demonstrative science: the theory of teleological explanation in the De Partibus Animalium I

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  title={Explanation and Teleology in Aristotle's Science of Nature: Introducing biology as a demonstrative science: the theory of teleological explanation in the De Partibus Animalium I},
  author={Mariska Leunissen},
  year={2010}
}
In Aristotle’s teleological view of the world, natural things come to be and are present for the sake of some function or end (for example, wings are present in birds for the sake of flying). Whereas much recent scholarship has focused on uncovering the (meta-)physical underpinnings of Aristotle’s teleology and its contrasts with his notions of chance and necessity, this book examines Aristotle’s use of the theory of natural teleology in producing explanations of natural phenomena. Close… CONTINUE READING

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