One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Aristotelian thought) the matter or substance which constitutes a thing.
- ‘Furthermore, whatever there is must have pre-existed in its material cause, as material causes cannot create something other than what is there in the first place.’
- ‘One is the material cause or matter, the physical make-up of the thing, which puts considerable restrictions on what it can be and do.’
- ‘The middle term, ‘made of bronze’, expresses the cause of the statue's being, for example, malleable; and because bronze is the constituent stuff of the statue the cause here is the material cause.’
- ‘A cause in this sense has been traditionally called a material cause, although Aristotle himself did not use this label.’
- ‘The four aspects are the formal cause, the material cause, the efficient cause, and the final cause.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.