efficient cause

<ontology> the agent or event that produces some change in the accidental features of a thing; one of Aristotle's four causes. Recommended Reading: Aristotle, Physics, tr. by Robin Waterfield and David Bostock (Oxford, 1999).

[A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names]


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