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The Final Cause - Aristotle was a philosopher; he worked with Plato and considered him to be a genius. However Aristotle was independent and had his own theories. One of Aristotle's theories was that there are causes.

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The Final Cause a. Aristotle was a philosopher; he worked with Plato and considered him to be a genius. However Aristotle was independent and had his own theories. One of Aristotle's theories was that there are causes. The causes are Aristotle's explanations as to why things exist. Plato said that all things of one species are similar because there is an ideal form, Aristotle disagreed with this and believed that the reason for why one species are similar is because they have the same causes, causes are like characteristics. In all there are 4 causes. The first cause is the material cause and is basically what it suggests, this answers the question what it is made of. For example a statue may be made of bronze, or a goblet could be made of silver. The second cause, the efficient cause describes the way in which the 'thing' or object got there (was made). ...read more.

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The final cause of a house would be to provide shelter for human beings. This is part of the explanation of the house's existence because it would never have been built unless someone needed it as a place to live. On the surface it may seem pretty obvious that everything has a purpose, but Aristotle thought that everything revolves around this purpose. Using the example of the statue as previously mentioned, the reason for the Statue is not simply because the sculptor wants to make a statue but the reason for why he wants to make it. If he wants it to be a memorial statue for a famous person then the statue is only fore filling it's potential, final cause, if it reminds people of this person. The theory behind the final cause may on the surface seem complex but it really is a very basic, everything has a final cause and that is its purpose. ...read more.

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Of course they wouldn't because there is no purpose for the clay objects. I don't think that life was just created; it has to have a purpose and so does everything. Would I sit here now and write this if I didn't want to study Philosophy? I can't think of anything that doesn't have a purpose. Look around where you are; can you see something that you can honestly say has no meaning? I can't see why some people say there are things without meaning. I think the thing which makes people say this is the fact that don't consider the little things that make everything else work. You could ask, "what's the meaning of a leaf?" but a leaf comes from tree and helps a tree to change carbon dioxide into oxygen for use to breath. I therefore consider Aristotle's theory that everything has a purpose to be true; something's may appear on the surface to have no purpose but if you take a minute to think about what it does it will always serve a purpose. ...read more.

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