Aristotle - index for METAPHYSICA Book 1 Part 4

Hesiod, Empedocles on original causes

Paragraph 1 One might suspect that Hesiod was the first to look for such a thing - or some one else who put love or desire among existing things as a principle, as Parmenides, too, does;
Paragraph 2 And Hesiod says:
Paragraph 3 which implies that among existing things there must be from the first a cause which will move things and bring them together.
Paragraph 4 These thinkers, as we say, evidently grasped, and to this extent, two of the causes which we distinguished in our work on nature - the matter and the source of the movement - vaguely, however, and with no clearness, but as untrained men behave in fights;
Paragraph 5 Empedocles, then, in contrast with his precessors, was the first to introduce the dividing of this cause, not positing one source of movement, but different and contrary sources.
Paragraph 6 This philosopher then, as we say, has spoken of the principles in this way, and made them of this number.
Paragraph 7 Regarding the two causes, then, as we say, the inquiry seems to have been pushed thus far by the early philosophers.

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