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Related to efficient cause: Final cause, Formal cause, Material cause

efficient cause

n
(Philosophy) philosophy that which produces an effect by a causal process. Compare final cause See also cause7
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This is because the Prime Mover is only formal cause and final cause, but it is not a material cause nor an efficient cause.
the phantasm is not the efficient cause of the agent intellect's act).
15) By analogy, the formal cause of divorces is marriage; the efficient cause, disagreement between married parties.
God operates as a final cause, the end of all perfection, and efficient cause, the origin of movement and origin of all existence.
He didn't distinguish between evolution as a first or final cause, and evolution as an efficient cause.
In Article 9, On the Author or Efficient Cause of Theology, Henry asks whether the same author is responsible for the two Testaments, and on whose authority we ought to believe them (answers: yes to the first, God's alone to the second).
Goal certainly seems to have final cause about it, and motive accords with the movement aspect of efficient cause (I mean that which moves the maker to set things in motion, that which propels one into action).
The more ancient path to knowledge works its way through rhetoric, and various people trained in rhetoric raise questions about effects: not just the effects from efficient cause, but the more profound effects stemming from formal and final cause.
enhances analogy, discontinuity, obsolesces isolated figures, connection, efficient cause, retrieves ground patterns, irrationality, formal cause, and, if distorted, reverses into determinism.
On the reading I will advance, the antecedent of "this" is "the potential sphere being actually a sphere", and only one cause is needed--the efficient cause of the craftsman.
The soul is also the final, formal, and efficient cause of a living body (De Anima 415b8-11).

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