The renowned Philosopher and Scholar: Aristotle

Early life of Aristotle

Aristotle was known to be the most influential philosopher ever. He was born in the Ancient Greece around 385 BC. After a few years, Aristotle was just thirteen or fourteen years old when his parents died and while he turned seventeen, he left for Athens where he started to work with Plato and taught by him. For almost a few years he lived in Athen until the death of his teacher Plato, the responsibilities of the academy of Plato were later given to his nephew and Aristotle didn’t like his teaching methods, so he left Athens. Later he taught Alexender the Great for almost 3 to 4 years. After that he came back to Athens and lived his life as a philosopher, writer, and teacher. We wrote a number of books where he covered various topics like metaphysics, physics, zoology, politics, botany, generations of animals, poetry, rhetoric, psychology, government and a few more to be named. His various studies and research are set against the backdrop of his emphasis on excellent reasoning because his natural philosophy was solely based on reasoning and observation to establish broad, casual assertions. For example, Aristotle utilizes the notion of species to make factual statements about the activities of different creatures in the world in his biology.

The discoveries of Aristotle

Aristotle was always curious to know about whatever happened in his surroundings. How a tree can stand so tall, how an egg can carry a chick inside how a person can stay happy etc. In one of his books, he has described the difference between a happy and successful and unhappy and unsuccessful person. According to Aristotle, the former person has some attributes which makes him different from the latter therefore, if an unsuccessful and unhappy person develops the similar attributes, he too will become happy and successful in life. Many of the philosophies of Aristotle are now used as a reference in today’s world. Despite the fact that many of his findings were incorrect, his theories yet dominated the Western scientific though for many years. Not just Western scientist, but Muslim scientists also acknowledged the philosophy of Aristotle. Indeed, he was a remarkable man. 

Aristotle certain beliefs

With all the knowledge he pursued, it was never enough for him. He believed that only experience is the foundation of knowledge a man possesses. Observations were not enough but, the explanations generated with those observations were valid. To put it another way, Aristotle believed that hypothesis should always begin with facts as he always believed in reasoning. As we all know, this is the concept of the scientific process as well. Unlike other philosophers, Aristotle used scientific reasoning to give explanations for various things. For example, his best contribution to science was when he did an experiment to discover how a chick hatches from an egg. He did use scientific reasoning and not just philosophy to justify this discovery.

The death of Aristotle and his legacy

The last days of Aristotle’s life were very hard on him. Anti-Macedonian prejudice prompted against Aristotle after the death of Alexender the Great. He was charged with atheism; the similar charge was also put on Socrates (where he was sentenced to death) by a few people who did not like their work or philosophies. As a result, Aristotle then departed Athens and was later diagnosed with a stomach ailment. He died with that issue at the age of 63 and his will was to be buried next to his wife who had died before him a few years previously. Aristotle work might did not get the praise at that time, however, later he was known and acknowledge by many western scholars. He is regarded is the most phenomenal philosopher and thinker. He was influential because he gave rational and common-sense explanations for everyday events. These he articulated so authoritatively and eloquently that it was simpler for generations of followers to accept Aristotle than to put his ideas to the test.

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