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Aristotle - The Organon - index for ANALYTICA POSTERIORA Book 2 Part 12

Middle term as cause

  
Paragraph 1 The effect may be still coming to be, or its occurrence may be past or future, yet the cause will be the same as when it is actually existent - for it is the middle which is the cause - except that if the effect actually exists the cause is actually existent, if it is coming to be so is the cause, if its occurrence is past the cause is past, if future the cause is future.
Paragraph 2 To take a second example:
Paragraph 3 This sort of cause, then, and its effect come to be simultaneously when they are in process of becoming, and exist simultaneously when they actually exist;
Paragraph 4 The following must suffice as an account of the manner in which the middle would be identical with the cause on the supposition that coming-to-be is a series of consecutive events:
Paragraph 5 If we get our middle term in this way, will the series terminate in an immediate premiss, or since, as we said, no two events are 'contiguous', will a fresh middle term always intervene because there is an infinity of middles?
Paragraph 6 Now we observe in Nature a certain kind of circular process of coming-to-be;
Paragraph 7 Some occurrences are universal (for they are, or come-to-be what they are, always and in ever case);


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