If purpose, then, is inherent in art, so is it in Nature also. The best illustration is the case of a man being his own physician, for Nature is like that-agent and patient at once.

καίτοι καὶ ἡ τέχνη οὐ βουλεύεται» καὶ εἰ ἐνῆν ἐν τῷ ξύλῳ ἡ ναυπηγική, ὁμοίως ἂν τῇ φύσει ἐποίει· ὥστʼ εἰ ἐν τῇ τέχνῃ ἔνεστι τὸ ἕνεκά του, καὶ ἐν τῇ φύσει. μάλιστα <-30> δὲ δῆλον, ὅταν τις ἰατρεύῃ αὐτὸς ἑαυτόν· τούτῳ γὰρ ἔοικεν ἡ φύσις.

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Aristotle. Φυσικὴ ἀκρόασις Phusike akroasis [Physics]. 4th century BC.

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Aristotle. Physics, translated by Robin Waterfield. Oxford University Press, 2008.