The following paper will chronicle the life and times of the famous philosopher Aristotle. Showing how his theories, concepts, and analysis in philosophy contributed to the fields of study in which he was instrumental in establishing. The culture and time period in which Aristotle lived is essential in understanding how influential his views were to the world of philosophy.
Aristotle, the son of a physician, was born in 384 BC. His father was the family physician for King Amyntas of Macedonia. The upbringing of Aristotle allowed his intellectual mind to be opened to the natural world as well the theoretical.
His thirst for knowledge spanned many different fields of study during his years of study. With his father being a physician, it was probable that he would have been taught the logical thought process of a scientific nature. Although, the subjects in which he studied did not only fit into the molds of the scientific world.
Aristotle was a pupil of the renowned philosopher, Plato. Plato’s academy was at the center of the intellectual world. Aristotle became a student of Plato in 367 BC. His tenure at the academy lasted for 20 years, until Plato’s death in 367 BC.
The idea that the physical world can also be thought of in the theoretical sense in where Aristotle’s ideas flourish. He took the metaphysical world of philosophy and expounded upon it to include such subjects as physics, mechanics, and biology. These ideas were no doubt influenced by his childhood and teachings of his father. The scientific method in which physicians were accustomed to adhere to allowed Aristotle to see the world not only constrained by the metaphysical realm but also by the physical.
A particular interesting time in Aristotle’s life was when he became the tutor of Alexander, the 13-year-old son of King Amyntas. His tutelage only lasted for five years until King Amyntas died and Alexander succeeded his father to the throne. Whether the...
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