Efficient Cause

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Efficient Cause

That which actually precipitates an accident or injury.

The term efficient cause is frequently used interchangeably with proximate cause—the immediate act in the production of a particular effect—or the cause that sets the others in operation.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The effect's existence is defined by its Efficient Cause. An understanding of an effect's Final Cause, in contrast, goes towards a fuller explanation of the nature of law--its central case.
Material and efficient causes, the specific physical mechanisms by means of which a thing realizes the ends set for it by its nature, were of secondary importance.
But what must also be remembered is that the chain of efficient causes in Aristotle's philosophy is also eternal.
Since SC can be modeled as a logarithmically normal distributed random variable, then SC can be obtained as a multiplicative product of a large number of small, unrelated efficient causes; at that, the effect of each efficient cause is directly proportional to the actual value of SC [35, page 22].
In Article 9, On the Author or Efficient Cause of Theology, Henry asks whether the same author is responsible for the two Testaments, and on whose authority we ought to believe them (answers: yes to the first, God's alone to the second).
The Testaments present women as at least the efficient cause of sexual sin because they have less ability to control their sexual instincts.
Goal certainly seems to have final cause about it, and motive accords with the movement aspect of efficient cause (I mean that which moves the maker to set things in motion, that which propels one into action).
The more ancient path to knowledge works its way through rhetoric, and various people trained in rhetoric raise questions about effects: not just the effects from efficient cause, but the more profound effects stemming from formal and final cause.
Our syntax is a medium, a milieu, the formal cause of "efficient cause" (as a mentality).
On the reading I will advance, the antecedent of "this" is "the potential sphere being actually a sphere", and only one cause is needed--the efficient cause of the craftsman.

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