Entre lo accidental y lo aparente: la peculiar constelación causal del azar según Aristóteles

Gabriela Rossi*

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This paper deals with Aristotle’s concept of chance, such as it is presented in Physics II 4-6. The central section of the article concentrates on an analysis of Aristotle’s definition of chance and its essential peculiarities: the fact of being an incidental (efficient) cause and the fact of existing in the domain of what is for the sake of an end. According to Rossi, both characteristics would correspond to a causal aspect (in an incidental sense) and to a non causal aspect (or just apparently causal) of chance. Finally, the author also tries to show the structural connection between the aforementioned aspects, taking as a key point the thesis of coincidence among the formal, final, and efficient causes.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)147-170
Number of pages24
JournalTopicos (Mexico)
Volume30 bis
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Aristotle
  • Physics
  • chances
  • causes

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