That is a nice fact filled post Pythagorean. I posed the same question to my philosophy professor recently and he came up with roughly the same answer. I beg to differ however. I am under the impression that neither you, nor my philosophy professor understand the scope of the question. Allow me to clarify (I hope you would be willing to ponder the question some more):
- Aristotle defines a cause as being necessary and sufficient to both make something happen and be it's desired end result.
- Seeing as everything has several different aspects he concludes there are four causes for everything.
- One cause is not sufficient, but it is necessary. The four causes together are necessary.
- The end result is the most important cause, for it states what the desired end result is. It is the intention wherewith the coming-to-be of something was started (a.k.a. telos).
- Aristotle defines the telos of humans to be reason(ing).
The grand total of all these thoughts is that all humans are born to reason. It is their telos. The four causes being present (necessarily so because else it be no human) define that all humans will reach this reasoning state; their telos. However you and I both know that there are a number of people who never will because they are in a catatonic state, braindead or perhaps merely insane (which I presume can be so erratic to no longer be defined as reason). There must be a flaw in the reasoning. One of these is the flaw in my mind:
-Therefore some people will not reach thier telos. Therefore the telos reason is not a necessary result of the four causes and it cannot be the telos of humans.
- The four causes are not enough grounds for humans to reach their telos and perhaps there are more causes needed to accomplish this.
- The four causes are not enough grounds for humans to reach their telos and perhaps the four causes have nothing to do with the endresult of anything.
- The definition of either cause or telos is not accurate, or it is made up and has no grounds in "reality" (whatever that may be).
So, are these thoughts accurate or am I missing something?