Chapter 13. Causes

  1. Georgios Anagnostopoulos Professor
  1. R. J. Hankinson Professor Research Fellow

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch13

A Companion to Aristotle

A Companion to Aristotle

How to Cite

Hankinson, R. J. (2009) Causes, in A Companion to Aristotle (ed G. Anagnostopoulos), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch13

Editor Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Texas, Austin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405122238

Online ISBN: 9781444305661



  • Aristotle and his predecessors;
  • theory of the physics;
  • model applied - causation in nature;
  • relations between causes;
  • chance and explanation;
  • explanation and generality;
  • explanation, necessity, and finality


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Aristotle and His Predecessors

  • The Theory of the Physics

  • The Model Applied: Causation in Nature

  • The Relations between the Causes

  • Chance and Explanation

  • Explanation and Generality

  • Explanation, Necessity, and Finality

  • Bibliography