Intro to Philosophy
The Best Overall Picture of Reality
Questions in life may not have a definite final answer. This is exactly what the study of Philosophy poses. Thinkers have existed since the days of Socrates trying to answer the most difficult questions in life. Some of these questions do not follow a certain criteria for there to be one correct answer. These types of questions may be opinion based until the end of time. One of these questions is what is the best overall picture of reality? It is the metaphysical question that has been asked by many philosophers throughout history, but there still is no final answer that can be written in stone. For this reason I disagree with Aristotle’s view on reality because most of his theories have already been disproven. Reality can be different to each unique human mind. Aristotle is one of the greatest philosophers that have ever lived. He offered answers to questions in life from his learning from another great philosopher, Plato. His beliefs of the ultimate nature of reality focused on a teleological universe. This meant that everything was moving towards its telos or goal in life. He said that materials are fully real and are what senseperception reveals. “Tode ti” was his famous quote meaning this thing here. These real materials in life were all trying to move to their telos. They were very mechanical, and were just moving because it was their goal to reach during their life time. Examples that Aristotle offered dealt with the five ultimate material elements of reality that he established. These elements of reality are earth, water, air, fire, and either. Each of these elements were moving to get to their telos, or final goal in life. He clearly defined the movement of each of these elements. Earth, such as rocks, fall to the ground to get to the center of the earth. Water also falls to the center of the earth and also lies on top of earth. Air is trying to rise above water. Finally...
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