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Aristotle Essay

2408 words - 10 pages

Running head: ARISTOTLE

Lakeela McClinton, Daniel Ogden and Casara Williams
University of Phoenix

For many centuries there have been many philosophers that are remembered throughout history. Some are remembered only for their small impacts years later through books and secondhand information. Philosophy still holds a special place within society due to many philosophers that have spanned one’s lifetime current and not so current. This biography will focus on the philosopher Aristotle. The views and contributions of this man will come into play through this essay along with background information including birth, birthplace, and teen years leading to his last ...view middle of the document...

Beginning the First Steps
Aristotle is a man of many trades. Aristotle years later, is revered to become very smart and a leader to some (Grant 2003). In this part of the essay schools, relationships, the era, the pursuing Aristotle wants, and the place of residents of Aristotle will be discussed. The schools that Aristotle attended are not recorded in the research however there was a teacher that taught the great Aristotle. This teacher was Plato; he taught Aristotle all the things he knew. It wasn’t until Plato started to talk about poetry that Aristotle lost interest and began to cast Plato’s theories to the side. When Plato started to speak of poetry Aristotle kind of drifted off on his own. This was a great idea because he made a very great philosopher (David Sacks 2005).
There was not very much in the research about Aristotle’s teen years but it does explain who taught him and what exactly he was taught. Aristotle spent 20 years as a student of Plato. It was also said that Aristotle was “the Philosopher” and a Macedonian who studied under Plato (Frank Flinn 2007). So his teen years he was being taught some of the knowledgeable things he knows. He also was not interested in the teacher anymore when he was in his early adulthood years and, he then went out on his own and made a great man of himself. At this time Aristotle was being taught or getting a better understanding of the material world around him. The biggest things Aristotle was learning at this point in time are logic, biology, and physics. He created categories of these things and made them all make since. Aristotle also separated science from philosophy. He sat a scientific method on its future course of empirical observation. Aristotle was known as one of the first political scientist. He cataloged and analyzing the various forms of government in the Greek world and beyond. Aristotle also created treaties and the people succeeded in following those. Then Aristotle went off and created his own school. There is where he taught all of his things he learned from Plato and the things he picked up from the things he learned (David Sacks, 2005).
Aristotle had two documented relationships and he also had two children with the two women he was with. The first wife of Aristotle was Pythias. She became his wife because Aristotle was really close to her adopted father. Aristotle and Pythias had a daughter together naming her after her mother Pythias. Then the wife and mother passed away. Then Aristotle lived with a common law wife for many years. Both Aristotle and Herpylla had a son Nicomachus. He was named after Aristotle’s father and the Nicomachus Ethics. These are the relationships that were documented in the research conducted for Aristotle.
The era that Aristotle was in throughout his life was the renaissance. He grew up and when he entered adulthood. This is the era that they had a so called re birth of culture. This is also the time when the paintings of the...

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