Aristotle: Life, Teachings, And The Foundations He Set
By Sarah Tyria
Philosophy Research Paper
Philosophy derived from two Greek words, “philos” and “sophia”, which translates to mean love of wisdom. It is “a quest for truth” where truth and knowledge become obtainable through wondering minds and the consistent asking questions. (Theme One) Aristotle wrote, “Philosophy begins when we look at the world and wake up to the depth of our not-knowing. The result is an ‘awesome feeling of ignorance’, and we are driven to seek answers by looking steadily at the world, thinking carefully, and asking the right questions.” (Christian pg. 35) Known as a true scientist, Aristotle had “an honest mind seeking empirical data from which to build explanatory hypotheses”. (Christian pg. 73) He was also a true philosopher, “a wonderer who surrendered lovingly to his curiosity about life.” (Christian pg. 73) Having developed a number of abstract concepts from observation, he became one of the most influential philosophers. Aristotle lived a very intriguing life, provided immaculate insight through his teachings, resulting in the core of several areas of the sciences that remain applicable today.
Three supreme moments illustrate Aristotle’s life. The first of these is that he was the first student of Plato. At 17, Aristotle traveled to Athens where he enrolled in the Academy under Plato’s instruction. For 20 years, he studied at the Academy, during which Plato dubbed him “The Brain” and “The Bookworm” for his love of learning and passion for books. At age 38, Aristotle left the Academy having fully absorbed Plato’s teachings. However, Aristotle held different beliefs and ended up forming his own empirical worldview. (Christian pg. 69) Shortly after leaving the Academy, Aristotle was summoned by King Phillip to teach his son Alexander (later known as “Alexander the Great”. This is the second supreme moment of...
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