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Author Connell, Richard J.

Title Nature's causes / Richard J. Connell
Published New York : P. Lang, [1995]


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Description xx, 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Revisioning philosophy, 0899-9937 ; vol. 21
Revisioning philosophy. 0899-9937 ; vol. 21
Contents 1. Modern and Contemporary Views -- 2. Events, Process, Things: Their Principles -- 3. Material Cause -- 4. Formal Cause -- 5. Formal Cause in Organisms -- 6. Structural Explanation -- 7. Movers as Active Causes -- 8. Agent Causes -- 9. Some Issues in Evolution -- 10. The Origin of Species -- 11. Goals or Ends as Causes -- 12. More on Goals as Final Causes -- 13. Modes of Causes -- 14. Chance Events -- 15. Necessity in Natural Causes -- 16. What about God?
Summary Nature's Causes shows how the four kinds of cause first described by Aristotle are actually employed in the natural sciences. A work of this sort is useful today because many problems that historically were treated by philosophers are now raised from within the sciences themselves. Some or all of the causes are employed variously to account for natural things and their properties. An important part of the treatment consists in its showing how the insufficiency of one cause implies the existence of another. The final effect of seeing the relation among the causes is a more ordered view of Nature and its parts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [311]-317) and index
Subject Causation.
Science -- Philosophy.
LC no. 94022404
ISBN 0820425974