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  • Phaedo, as we saw earlier, the character Socrates expresses the conviction that goodness is the true cause (aitia) of the beneficent arrangement of the natural world, though the nature of goodness continues to elude him as well.

    Plato's Timaeus

  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. Anatomia sten aitia kai sten aphorme gia te Mikrasiatike katastrophe tou 1922 =: Anatomy of a disaster: the great betrayal, chicanery, treachery (Greek Edition) by John Murat

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Our one-way trip to disaster

  • In Metaphysics A. 1, Aristotle says that “all men suppose what is called wisdom (sophia) to deal with the first causes (aitia) and the principles (archai) of things” (981b28), and it is these causes and principles that he proposes to study in this work.

    Aristotle's Metaphysics

  • Nowadays, translators and commentators of Aristotle prefer to translate aitia as

    Explanation in Mathematics

  • The new idea is that a substance is a “principle and a cause” (archê kai aitia, 1041a9) of being.

    Aristotle's Metaphysics

  • Such explanations fail to meet minimal standards: the same explanation (aitia) accounts for opposite phenomena, e.g., ˜by a head™ explains both why something is tall and something else is short; or sometimes the same phenomenon is subject to explanations by opposite causes, being two by ˜division and addition.™

    Plato's Middle Period Metaphysics and Epistemology

  • In this regard, it should be pointed out that Aristotle uses the notion of cause (aitia) in a broader sense than it usually has in contemporary thought.

    Episteme and Techne

  • Such a result is opposed by many Orthodox on the ground that it confuses "economy" with "theology" in such a way as to violate the mutually-agreed doctrine of the "monarchy of the Father," i.e. that the Father is the "sole cause" monos aitia of the existence of the other two divine Persons.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • In Greek of the classical period aitia and diabole were often used for the same thing, particularly when a 'bad' or 'false' sense was required.

    The Watcher: The New Zealand Voice of the Left Hand Path #10

  • However, the Hebrew is itself derived from the Greek aitia - "an accusation" - qv.

    The Watcher: The New Zealand Voice of the Left Hand Path #10

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  • just be "cause"

    August 10, 2007