A brief overview of the general theory expounded in de generatione requires an explanation of aristotle's philosophy the aristotelian approach to philosophy is teleological, and involves analyzing the purpose of things, or the cause for their existence. The varieties of responsibilities are grouped by aristotle under four headings, the so-called four causes the first two of these are matter and form, what an entity is made up from according to aristotle's hylomorphic analysis. The emphasis on the concept of cause explains why aristotle developed a theory of causality which is commonly known as the doctrine of the four causes for aristotle, a firm grasp of what a cause is, and how many kinds of causes there are, is essential for a successful investigation of the world around us. A further reason why aristotle's four causes are convincing is due to the fact the aristotle's theory is derived from his studies of the natural world the four causes can be observed in action and this means that we can observe the prime mover in action. Aristotle described seven causes of human action here they are.
This idea of a purposive cause is given by aristotle because what something's aim or goal is is also an important part of an explanation of the thing aristotle gives the example of the final cause of walking, medicine, purging, surgical instruments etc as all being for health. Scholastics believed that the four causes must be given in a solid definition this is why law is defined as a a precept of reason promulgated by proper authority for the common good once you start thinking with the four causes in mind, you will become a sharper thinker and a better communicator. In the poetics, aristotle's famous study of greek dramatic art, aristotle (384-322 bc) compares tragedy to such other metrical forms as comedy and epiche determines that tragedy, like all poetry, is a kind of imitation (mimesis), but adds that it has a serious purpose and uses direct action rather than narrative to achieve its ends. There are four causes: first, the final cause, that for the sake of which a thing exists secondly, the formal cause, the definition of its essence (and these two we may regard pretty much as one and the same.
Aristotle's theory of aristotle's four causes: a object is, that any thing is determined by the archetype, definition, essence, pattern,. End-oriented efficient cause vs blind efficient cause [or, perhaps better, blind sequence of states of a system, since aristotle denies that any efficient cause operates wholly blindly -- even though some particular effects might be unaimed at or unintended by their agent causes] this is what we're talking about here. Four elements: aristotle aristotle (384-322 bce view sculpture bust at the galileo project, rice university) is not generally considered a chemist, and for good reason his approach to understanding the natural world was not a scientific one. A complete explanation of the change of any object will use all four causes these causes are material, formal, efficient and final aristotle understood that each of the four causes was necessary to explain the change from potentiality to actuality.
Greek philosophy - ii rationalism § 14 - aristotle aristotle's theory of knowledge we begin the exposition of aristotle's philosophy with an account of what aristotle himself regarded as introductory to philosophy proper, viz, his theory of knowledge, of its sources and method. A) explain aristotle's theory of the four causes as an empiricist aristotle saw it as his duty to formulate an explanation to a challenging question: why do 'things' exist as they do. In several places aristotle distinguishes four types of cause, or explanation first, he says, there is that of which and out of which a thing is made, such as the bronze of a statue this is called the material cause.
Aristotle: we should study nature as a form in a matter (like snubness, which is a certain shape in a certain matter, ie a rounded nose) chapter 3 types of causes (the four causes. This lesson will define metaphysics it will also discuss aristotle's theory of four causes, specifically the material, formal, efficient, and final causes of being. This today, of course, is known as aristotle's four causes  these four causes are usually termed thusly: the material cause, the formal cause, the efficient cause, and the final cause these correspond with the order above.
The four causes are elements of an influential principle in aristotelian thought whereby explanations of change or movement are classified into four fundamental types of answer to the question why. The third cause of sedition is a peculiar one aristotle discusses the point in the following way some owners of property and holders of honour instigate revolution by misusing their possession.
The first, 'teleology as a critical explanatory framework', contains an excellent historical survey of the interpretations of aristotle's teleology -- i found the demonstration of kant's influence on aristotelian scholarship particularly valuable -- an outline of the theory of the four causes, the final cause in particular, and an account of. Aristotle describes and argues for the four causes in his books physics and metaphysics as a part of developing his philosophy of substancehe claims that there are four causes (or explanations) needed to explain change in the world. By final causes, aristotle offers an explanation that refers to the telos or end of the process= a teleological explanation teleological explanation does not necessarily depend upon the application of psychological concepts such as desires, beliefs and intentions.