Material cause

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that of which anything is made.
See under Cause.

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The first remedy or prevention is to remove, by all means possible, that material cause of sedition whereof we spake; which is, want and poverty in the estate.
If there was a life hereafter he knew nothing of it, for he knew that science had demonstrated the existence of some material cause for every seemingly supernatural phenomenon of ancient religions and superstitions.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) here on Friday said that Poultry industry was in crisis, over production and duties on raw material cause in price hike of poultry products.
A trial court dismissed the case, in part on the grounds that the plaintiffs had not shown that the article was a material cause of the families' failure to prevail in the suits.
He identifies a limited set of materials from which schools of jurisprudence draw their materials: elements of the internal account of the law, including society as the efficient cause, social control as the material cause, institutions and procedures as the formal cause, and people as the final cause; law in relation to other disciplines such as philosophy, politics, sociology and economics, history, literature, and theology; and personal, participatory, and social values.
In an example of a house quoted by Eric McLuhan, the bricks and wood constitute the material cause of the house; the work of the bricklayers and carpenters, the efficient cause; and the goal of a house to live in or to rent, the final cause.
The phenomena of the treatise occur between the source of the efficient cause (the circular movement of the heavens) and the source of the material cause (the earth), which produces the exhalations.
He said that the behaviour of four women colleagues amounted to "a deliberate and concerted campaign of bullying" which, together with the conduct of a male colleague, was a material cause of two nervous breakdowns in 2000 and 2001.
the candidate for admission to the honors program must provide the material cause, and possibly even some conception of the formal cause, for what the program will hopefully produce.
Following a discussion of the historical context of Maimon's engagement with Spinoza, the author points out the main Spinozistic element of Maimon's philosophy: the view of God as the material cause of the world, or as the subject in which all things inhere.
Mr Vowles - who the WRU gave a maximum insurance payout of pounds 91,000 after the accident - had established that, on the balance of probabilities, this breach of duty was a material cause of his accident.
Smart structures are structures that incorporate at least one smart material within itself and from the effort produced by the smart material cause an action.