Aristotle

Philosopher

Born: 384 B.C.
Died: 322 B.C.
Birthplace: Stagira, Macedonia (now Greece)
Best known as:

The ancient Greek philosopher who wrote 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 of his own, 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.

Copyright © 1998-2014 by Who2?, LLC. All rights reserved.

More on Aristotle from Fact Monster:

  • Aristotle - Aristotle Aristotle , 384–322 B.C., Greek philosopher, b. Stagira. He is sometimes called the ...
  • Aristotle: Bibliography - Bibliography See edition of his works by R. P. McKeon (1941); J. H. Randall, Aristotle (1960); G. ...
  • Aristotle: Life - Life Aristotle's father, Nicomachus, was a noted physician. Aristotle studied (367–347 ...
  • Aristotle: Philosophy - Philosophy Logic and Metaphysics Aristotle placed great emphasis in his school on direct ...
  • Aristotle: Aristotelianism - Aristotelianism After the decline of Rome, Aristotle's work was lost in the West. However, in ...

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.