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Aristotle on teleology, chance, and necessity

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In this doctoral thesis, I address questions concerning teleology, chance, and necessity in Aristotle's philosophy. These three concepts are closely related. Aristotle considers chance in relation to teleology, and contrasts his conception of teleology with his own and his predecessors' views of necessity. He explains accidental causation on the basis of the absurdity of necessitarianism.

In Chapter I, I clarify Aristotle's definitions of chance events and chance in Physics...

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
New College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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Publication date:
2015
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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uuid:9f6e9f40-eb61-43a8-92d6-b3749820e738
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ora:12544
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English
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