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Metaphysics A.7, 988b16-21: Aristotle's Conclusion about His Predecessors on Causes

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The last six lines of Aristotle's Metaphysics A.7 draw some important conclusions about Aristotle's predecessors' (the Presocratics' and Plato's) grasp of the four types of cause. Aristotle argues that his account of his predecessors supports his conception of the four causes and his claim that in first philosophy, too, we should seek to understand our subject-matter on the basis of these four causes. I offer a detailed textual and philosophical interpretation of these lines, connect them wit...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.5840/philinquiry2017412/315

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Worcester College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Philosophy Documentation Center Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Inquiry Journal website
Volume:
41
Issue:
2/3
Pages:
55-65
Publication date:
2017-02-22
Acceptance date:
2016-07-07
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EISSN:
2163-3215
ISSN:
1105-235X
Pubs id:
pubs:738509
URN:
uri:e4f90cc5-f132-4688-85d5-99aaf96006c7
UUID:
uuid:e4f90cc5-f132-4688-85d5-99aaf96006c7
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pubs:738509
Paper number:
2/3

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