In Aristotelian philosophy, the purpose for which a thing is made or done.
(philosophy, natural science) The purpose, goal, or end fulfilled by a thing.
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Final-cause Sentence Examples
Smaller artists can make history; the greatest absorb it into that daylight which is its final cause.
He is the efficient and final cause of all, the beginning, middle, and end, eternal and infinite.
Still it remains true that the exclusive use of the argument from Mosaism, as itself implying the Gospel of Jesus the Christ as final cause (Taos), does favour the view that the readers were of Jewish origin.
On the one hand we have confrontation with fact, in which, in virtue of the rational principle which is the final cause of the phenomenal order, intelligence will find satisfaction.
Propositions concerning the possible existence of individuals put Leibnitz to some shifts, and the difficulty accounts for the close connexion established in regard to our actual world between the law of sufficient reason and the doctrine of the final cause.