A Realist Theory of Science: Reference to Aristotle
Sociologists are making increasing use of the allegedly discredited Aristotelian typology of causes. — A Realist Theory of Science, Roy Bhaskar, Verso Edition, 1997, p. 6.
In this respect our present age contrasts unfavorably with both Ancient Greece and Post-Renaissance Europe, where there was a close and mutually beneficial relationship between science and philosophy.
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However, those philosophers of the present who insist upon their total autonomy from the natural and human sciences not only impoverish, but delude themselves. For they thereby condemn themselves to living in the shadow cast by the great scientific thought of the past. — A Realist Theory of Science, Roy Bhaskar, Verso Edition, 1997, p. 7.
Conceiving science as work readily lends itself to Aristotelian schematization. The material cause is antecedently established knowledge, facts and theories; the efficient cause is the methodological paradigm or generative theory at work in the theoretical and experimental activity of men; the formal cause new knowledge facts and theories; and the final cause knowledge off the enduring and trans factually active mechanism]sms of nature. — A Realist Theory of Science, Roy Bhaskar, Verso Edition, 1997, p. 194.