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Aristotle (Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης, Aristotélēs) (384 BC - March 7, 322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the great. He wrote books on diverse subjects, including physics, poetry, zoology, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, and biology, none of which survive in their entirety. Aristotle, along with Plato and Socrates, is generally considered one of the most influential of ancient Greek philosophers. They transformed Presocratic Greek philosophy into the foundations of Western philosophy as we know it. The writings of Plato and Aristotle founded two of the most important schools of Ancient philosophy.

  • Born: 384 B.C.
  • Birthplace: Stagira, Greece
  • Died: 322 B.C.
  • Best Known As: The author of Ethics

Aristotle is one of the "big three" in ancient Greek philosophy, along with Plato and Socrates (Socrates taught Plato, who in turn instructed Aristotle). Aristotle spent nearly 20 years at Plato's Academy, first as a student and then as a teacher. After Plato's death he traveled widely and educated a famous pupil, Alexander the Great, the Macedonian who nearly conquered the world. Later, Aristotle began his own school in Athens, known as the Lyceum. Aristotle is known for his carefully detailed observations about nature and the physical world, which laid the groundwork for the modern study of biology. Among his works are the texts Physics, Metaphysics, Rhetoric and Ethics. He was succeeded at the Lyceum by his student, Theophrastus.

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