Single Idea 11387

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 2. Powers as Basic]

Full Idea

Aristotle undoubtedly considered the central characteristic of the ultimate cause of change to be activity [energeia].

Gist of Idea

The main characteristic of the source of change is activity [energeia]


report of Aristotle (Metaphysics [c.324 BCE], Bk 12) by Vassilis Politis - Aristotle and the Metaphysics 8.8

Book Reference

Politis,Vasilis: 'Aristotle and the Metaphysics' [Routledge 2004], p.281

A Reaction

Aristotle identifies this, of course, with his 'God', but it strikes me that the word 'power' (as in Molnar) seems to capture Aristotle's concept. We just need some fundamental active force to get the whole shebang going.