Explain the Theory of the Prime Mover

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Aristotle is a very famous philosopher who had lived in the ancient Greece time period. He was known as a polymath. Aristotle believed that everything in the world is changing and there must be a final cause for this change. Aristotle wanted to know why things are the way they are. He was an empiricist. This means that he believed that we learn everything through our experience, with the aid of our senses. He was also a materialist, which means that he did not believe that body and soul could be separate. Due to these believes Aristotle rejected Plato’s theory about the world of forms. He was the first scientist that observed the physical world. While observing the physical world, Aristotle developed the theory of movement. He said that everything in our contingent world is always changing. After realizing that everything is changing, Aristotle then made a few more observations. He came to the conclusion that the physical world was constantly in a state of motion and change. He believes that everything is in movement between what it potentially will be and what it was. For example a cup of hot chocolate is potentially cold and will eventually become so. He was also the inventor of meteorology. While studying the planets he realized that they move eternally. Aristotle then came to the conclusion that objects are in between a state of actuality and potentially, while also realizing that change or motion must be caused by something. He joins the four points together along with the theory of matter and then came to the conclusion that there exists something that causes motion and change without itself being moved and that is eternal. He called it the Prime Mover. Christianity was based around Aristotle’s idea of the Prime Mover. His investigations led him to the conclusion that all things have four causes. Aristotle’s idea of cause is more to do with why an object
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