Aristotle's Physics by W.D. Ross (comm.)

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OAV, (3) 'To. q €1I(Ka TOU, it is obviously possible that some events in class A (3) are also in class B (I). Such events are chance events. Further, if we consider class A (3), where a is followed by an unusual result c, we can see that a does not as such cause c (for if it did, it would always cause it). fJ'fJ~KO<, in virtue of a concomitant, as when some one who is pale or musical builds a hOllse not qua pale or musical but because of the concomitance of capacity to build with paleness or musicalness.

E. those that produce end-like results. ,6fl£Ya, (2) Tn W~ Ed 'To. "OAV, (3) 'To. q €1I(Ka TOU, it is obviously possible that some events in class A (3) are also in class B (I). Such events are chance events. Further, if we consider class A (3), where a is followed by an unusual result c, we can see that a does not as such cause c (for if it did, it would always cause it). fJ'fJ~KO<, in virtue of a concomitant, as when some one who is pale or musical builds a hOllse not qua pale or musical but because of the concomitance of capacity to build with paleness or musicalness.

1 Aristotle adds that, while the nature or essence of a natural object is by some thinkers identified with the material of which it is made, it is more properly identified with the shape, or with the form which would be stated in the definition of the thing. A thing is most truly itself when it exists actually, not potentially, and its nature should therefore be identified not with the material out of which it can develop, but with the form it exhibits when it has developed. Form then is nature; but a certain definite absence of form is itself a kind of form and constitutes the nature of things at an earlier stage of development.

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