Formal cause

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Related to Formal cause: Efficient cause
the elements of a conception which make the conception or the thing conceived to be what it is; or the idea viewed as a formative principle and coöperating with the matter.
See under Cause.

See also: Cause, Formal

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Although the formal cause of death will be confirmed by the coroner at a later date, police have issued a warning to others of the dangers of buying substances online.
While a post-mortem examination is to take place to try to determine a formal cause of death, police are also investigating an assault on Mr Hall which happened 11 days ago.
A formal cause of the collapse has not been made yet by investigators, said police.
But he said as he could not be sure, the formal cause of death was recorded as "unascertained".
Only formal cause is of any use when trying to study environments: environments exert their pressures from every side at once--there is no sequence to hang on to.
In all this, the lodestar for the McLuhans lies in formal cause.
It has also been announced that the post-mortem examination could not reveal a formal cause of death, and police say more tests will be carried out.
A man has been arrested in connection with the case, British police said, adding that an autopsy had failed to uncover a formal cause of death.
A post-mortem examination was not able to establish a formal cause of death and the results of further tests are awaited.
So say Marshall McLuhan and Barrington Nevitt in "Causality in the Electric World," one of four chapters in Media and Formal Cause (NeoPoicsis), an anthology that also contains two other essays by McLuhan and one by his son and frequent collaborator Eric McLuhan.
Last night, Scotland Yard said they would be waiting for the results of toxicology tests in two to four weeks because they were still unable to establish a formal cause of death.
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.

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