Wednesday, July 21, 2010

telos does not mean purpose

"It is absurd to suppose that nothing comes into being for an end if we do not see the moving cause deliberating."

Aristotle, Physics II.8.199b26-28, as translated by Francis Slade, in his "On the ontological priority of ends and its relevance to the narrative arts," in Beauty, art, and the polis, ed. Alice Ramos (Washington, DC: American Maritain Association, 2000), 59 (58-69).

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