Aristotle was born in the town of Stageira, Chalcidice. He was born and lived from 384 BC to 322 BC. He is most known for influencing Western thought, working with Plato, and his philosophical works. Many know his works and his teachings. These are followed in many different settings. Let’s take a look at some of the great works and events in his life.
His father was the physician to King Amyntas of Macedon. Aristotle was first taught and educated as one of the members of the aristocracy. At only the young age of thirteen he went on to continue his education at the Plato’s Academy. Aristotle attended the academy for about twenty years studying under and working with Plato to create great thought. He later went off to teach on his own.
After the death of Plato (347 BC), Aristotle went with Xenocrates to the court of Hermias, ruler of Atarneus in Asia Minor, and married his niece and adopted daughter, Pythias. In 344 BCE, Hermias was murdered in a rebellion, and Aristotle went with his family to Mytilene. Then, one or two years later, he was summoned to his native Stagira by King Philip II of Macedon to become the tutor of Alexander the Great, who was then 13.
Aristotle’s second wife Herpyllis gave him a son and he decided to name his son after his father Nicomachus because he wanted someone to carry his fathers name on. Heritage was a very important factor during that time. Thus showing the importance of keeping family names alive.
Aristotle’s theory of logic was very popular and was used for many years. Prior to the advances in mathematical logic, this was the dominant theory of logic.
In 335 BC Aristotle started his own school of philosophy. Aristotle was a great teacher. He was taught at Plato’s Academy. He was the teacher to Alexander the Great. Then taught at his own school. During this time he wrote discourses and papers on many different subjects including: theater, music, logic, government, zoology, biology, and many more.
Aristotle and Plato were some of the greatest and most important philosophers of their time. His philosophies are still considered great today, and his thoughts are studied all over the world.
Aristotle is memorable because with Plato, they were the first people to systematize science and philosophy. This was something that was hard to do, and took lots of discipline. What he thought about physics made a huge impact on every one throughout the midlevel times.
The accuracy of his inferences was only proven in the last century. All aspects of Aristotle’s theory continue to be the object of academic study even in the world today. Although Aristotle wrote a lot of intelligent and interesting treatises most of them are now lost to the world today.
Over the years many of the writings of Aristotle have been lost. While some has been rediscovered, it is believed that only about one fifth of the writings of Aristotle actually exist now, and that the rest have disappeared to history.
Aristotle’s scientific method is referred to as the unconditional basis of phenomena. The philosophic method implied that ascent from the study of particular phenomena. There are many different ideas that came to play from this type of thinking.
In physics there were five elements that were looked at in the overall theory used. These are fire, earth, air, water and Aether. Each of these earthly elements has their place in the natural places and universe.
Aristotle is one of the key reasons we have the theories of logic we have today. His philosophies and teachings brought a heightened sense of morality that we live with today. Aristotle also created levels of ethics that have gained popular use and structure for our everyday lives, including many uses in business atmospheres.
While many of Aristotle’s works have been lost, there is enough out there through teachings, and learning for us to know that Aristotle was an amazing person, teacher and student. His theory of thought is often times considered one of the most influential that was put together by any single mind.