Aristotle: The Greek Philosopher

Kelsey Lecane

Background

Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher who is often called one of the greatest philosophers of all time. He was born in 384 BCE in Stagira, Chalcidice, in northern Greece. At 17, Aristotle attended the Academy of Plato, Greece's top-ranking school.

Contributions to Science

Aristotle's first writing have given the foundations for Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics. His work also includes other subjects, including physics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, government and ethics.
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Fast Facts

- At seventeen, Aristotle joined Platonic Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven.

- Became Alexander the Great's tutor

- Died in 322 BC in Chalcis, Greece

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Summary

Aristotle's contributions to science have helped us in many ways. His views on philosophy have changed the way we look at human nature. He made people realize that we are here to search for the truth and find our place in this world. Aristotle wrote in Politics that, society is here "to help to attain a higher and better life by the mutual exchange of their different services.” Aristotle has helped us learn and understand our world and we absolutely owe him for it.