Aristotle Facts

Aristotle Facts
Aristotle (384 BCE to 322 BCE) is a Greek philosopher and scientist whose achievements have led some to designate him as the first scientist in history, a statement reportedly supported by the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Interesting Aristotle Facts:
Aristotle, the son of Nicomachus, was an extensive scientist who studied under Plato for nearly twenty years.
Upon Plato's death, Aristotle began to explore a more empirical approach to science, and his work formed the basis for many of his writings.
Phillip of Macedonia enlisted Aristotle to become the tutor of Alexander the Great, a position which afforded Aristotle the chance to travel and to establish advanced facilities for study and research.
One of these facilities was the library at Lyceum, enabling him to publish many of his books and store them securely.
During his tenure as not only Alexander's tutor but also Ptolemy's and Cassander's, Aristotle became the head of the royal academy of Macedon.
While Aristotle's work in science, specifically the physical sciences, made a tremendous impact on academia throughout much of the known world, his philosophical writings influenced much of Judeo-Christian belief.
This is especially true in the connection between organized religions and their dedication to learning and studies.
Muslim leaders actually refer to Aristotle by the title, "The First Teacher."
While his research and teachings were in place well into the Renaissance, they were largely modified or replaced during the period known as The Enlightenment.
However, much of Aristotle's work in the biological sciences, specifically in zoology, were not refuted until the nineteenth century.
As Aristotle's work continued, he made countless contributions to science and philosophy. It is estimated that only about one-third of his published writings are still in existence.
There is widespread belief that Aristotle played a role in the death of Alexander the Great due to the ruler's power-hungry nature and disregard for his subjects and close friends; some reports indicate that he ordered the execution of Aristotle's nephew for Callisthenes, leading to their falling out.
Aristotle died of natural causes at the age of 62, and was buried next to his wife. His son by a mistress he took after his wife's death was named after Aristotle's father, but he left his will and his school to a student of his, Antipater.


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