Essay by sonsluvjenCollege, UndergraduateC+, December 2008

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The Greek philosopher I chose to write about is Aristotle (384-322 B.C.). Aristotle was born in Stagiros in the northern Greek district of Chalcidice. At age 17 he joined Plato’s circle at the Academy in Athens. He stayed there for 20 years. Through out those 20 years Aristotle began to develop differences with Plato.

After Plato’s death in 348/347 B.C. Aristotle left to Assos in Mysia where he joined under the ruler Atarneus. That is where he met and married his wife Pythia, the niece of Hermias.

Three years of being in Assos, Aristotle left for the court of Phillip of Macedion. That’s when he became tutor to Alexander the great. Aristotle went back to Athens and started a school known as Lyceum. There he was given a nickname of the “peripatetic philosopher”. The reason he was given this nickname was because he would pace back and forth when giving his lectures.

The most interesting thing Aristotle theorized about, in my opinion, was his theory of the male and female. Aristotle believed that the female was an incomplete version of the male. The reason he thought this is because he thought the male was the generator and the female was the receptacle. The reason I thought this to be so interesting is because there are people who still to this day think this way. Those people are who I would call “gender role stereo typists”.

Aristotle also thought that everything requires an explanation of why it is. He had four principles of explanations: The material cause; the formal cause; the efficient cause; and the final cause. This is another thing we still use to this day.

In conclusion Aristotle may be about 2,500 years old, but his theory’s are still used and believed by many. This is why I chose...