conebeckham wrote:As I understand the terms, cause is a necessity, while a condition supports...
For example, a seed is the cause of a tree, while water, light, soil are conditions that support the result, tree. One needs both, but the result will not occur, even if the conditions exist, if there is no cause.
Yes, but I've always found this distinction somewhat arbitrary. I don't see why in the familiar example of the seed, the conditions are not also causes. Even if the cause, i.e. the seed, is present, without the other conditions the result will not occur either, so what is the difference? I don't know much about philosophy, but maybe this is related to the found kinds of causes that Aristotle mentions.
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