“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Harman on Aristotle's Four Causes

Happily he appears to agree that we boot Telos off the island—or seriously restrict it as he specifies. He also agrees, though he doesn't know it yet, with an argument in my Realist Magic. We do need to reintroduce formal causes (the poor sister of efficiency and materiality, trust funders of science).

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