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Aristotle 's Views Of Aristotle

- Aristotle, a name well known even now like the gods of ancient Greece such as Zeus and Poseidon, his name is well known because of the questions he asked and the way he viewed the world that would make those of a simple mind scratch their heads. People whom do not question anything think he is insane and by right he may have been a little mad, but we as humans are all a little off kilt. As this you can look at the views of Aristotle and if you are not one of a simple mind and can look at it in a critical thinking way, you can analyze his views to see if you agree or disagree that in fact he thinks that all things in this world are physical, and that everything has a purpose....   [tags: Causality, Aristotle, Philosophical concepts]

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Aristotle 's Aristotle On Nature

- Gerald E. Wright JR PHIL-386R 08 Mar 2016 Aristotle on Nature (Nature?s Motion) Aristotle discusses in Physics Book 2 that nature has motion. He clearly states ?Of things that exist, some exit by nature, some from other causes. By nature the animals and their parts exist, and the plants and the simple bodies (earth, fire, air, water) . for we say that these exist by nature. (Physics, Book II, Chapter I, 192b 9-11). I claim that even when things of nature are turned into artifacts (desks, statues, buildings, etc.) that the inherent motion that nature has given the base materials remains and that nothing man can do will change the end....   [tags: Causality, Aristotle, Philosophical concepts]

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Aristotle And Aristotle 's Political Theories

- While Aristotle is widely known for his political theories, not as many people are familiar with Alfarabi. Alfarabi, however, modeled many of his teachings in the Political Regime on Plato and Aristotle. This is indicated when Alfarabi traveled to Damascus to gain knowledge in philosophy. It is thought, nevertheless, that he never read Aristotle 's Politics, but Alfarabi is recognized as the "second teacher" after Aristotle. Aristotle and Alfarabi, thus, share several similarities in their instruction....   [tags: Political philosophy, Government, Aristotle]

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Aristotle's Logical Foundation of Physiognomics

- Aristotle's Logical Foundation of Physiognomics ABSTRACT: Whenever we meet an unknown person, our first judgment, even unwillingly and often subconsciously, starts from his or her external appearance. Since character can be properly recognized only from words and deeds observed over some time, at first sight we have to rely on what we immediately can see. This physiognomical first approach to each other is as old as humankind, and, though it has never been able to be proved a proper science, in everyday life we all believe in and use physioculture....   [tags: Aristotle]

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Aristotle 's View On The Self

- 384 B.C.E., Aristotle was born in Stagira, Greece. At the age of fourteen, Aristotle went to Athens to study Philosophy with Plato. Although he studied with Plato, he did not always agree with some of his teachings. When Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and traveled to Macedonia. While in Macedonia, Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great. Later on in his life, Aristotle returned to Athens and created a school of him own, Lyceum. When Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C.E., Aristotle fled to Euboea to avoid charges and execution....   [tags: Aristotle, Causality, Soul, Philosophy]

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Analysis of Aristotle and Plato's Thoughts

- Philosophers are all known for questioning and exploring Ideals; taking a look at all options and what is most important. While Aristotle and Plato both take a plunge into the unknowns of a political state, Aristotle demonstrates a state for individuals, to rule as equals, contrary to Plato’s strict utopian structure and group over individual hierarchy view of the ideal state. Plato’s ideal state is strictly structured through a utopian ideal. Everything within Plato’s ideal state has a place and purpose, and everyone within it is aware of that....   [tags: aristotle, plato's ideal, utopia]

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Aristotle and Plato's Views on Reality

- Aristotle and Plato were both great thinkers but their views on realty were different. Plato viewed realty as taking place in the mind but Aristotle viewed realty is tangible. Even though Aristotle termed reality as concrete, he stated that reality does not make sense or exist until the mind process it. Therefore truth is dependent upon a person’s mind and external factors. According to Aristotle, things are seen as taking course and will eventually come to a stop when potential is reached. The entire process of potential to actuality is call causation....   [tags: Aristotle, Plato, philosophy, ]

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Comparison of Aristotle and Thomas Hobbes

- The foremost difference between Aristotle and Hobbes, and in turn classical and modern political philosophies’, with regard to a good life and happiness is that of normative judgments about the good life. While Hobbes rejects normative judgments about the good life and discusses human actions without attributions of moral quality, Aristotle offers the exact opposite. In Ethics, Aristotle differentiates between good and evil actions along with what the best good, or summum bonum, for all humans while Hobbes approach argues that good and bad varies from one individual to another with good being the object of an individuals appetite or desire, and evil being an object of his hate and aversion....   [tags: Aristotle vs Hobbes]

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Aristotle's Theory of the Good Life

- According to Aristotle, the good life is the happy life, as he believes happiness is an end in itself. In the Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle develops a theory of the good life, also known as eudaimonia, for humans. Eudaimonia is perhaps best translated as flourishing or living well and doing well. Therefore, when Aristotle addresses the good life as the happy life, he does not mean that the good life is simply one of feeling happy or amused. Rather, the good life for a person is the active life of functioning well in those ways that are essential and unique to humans....   [tags: Aristotle, happiness, eudaimonia]

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Aristotle 's Theory Of Forms

- Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist, who became a famous figure of philosophy in the history of ancient Greek. Aristotle being more of a practical minded individual than Plato or Socrates, he is best known for rejecting Plato 's theory of forms. Aristotle influence such topics as logic, metaphysics, physics, botany, mathematics, ethics, biology, politics, medicine, agriculture, dance and theatre. Aristotle was born in 384 BC in what was known to be the city of Stagira, Chalcidice on the northern border of known as Classical Greece....   [tags: Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great]

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Aristotle 's Philosophy And Philosophy

- A distinguished historian of philosophy once referred to Aristotle as “the greatest mind produced by the Greeks”. Aristotle performed some of the greatest scientific advances in the fields of biology, psychology zoology and philosophy to name a few. Aristotle’s most notable work in the philosophy was his study on logic. He almost singlehandedly created a foundation for the study of logic that is still viable to this day. While logic is the science of correct reasoning, it is not strictly limited to debate and creating arguments....   [tags: Logic, Aristotle, Rhetoric, Philosophy]

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Definitions of a Tragedy: Shakespeare's and Aristotle's

- In writing a tragedy, there are certain standards and guidelines to which an author or playwright must follow. One such standard is the Aristotelian definition of tragedy and the tragic hero. William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is a perfect mold of an Aristotelian Tragedy. It displays all eight aspects of Aristotle’s definition of tragedy. It is set mainly in Scotland, but briefly in England during the eleventh century. It illuminates the ideal plot, in which the action of the story, or Macbeth’s murder of Duncan along with his meticulous planning of other murders, takes place over the course of several days in Scotland, particularly at Macbeth’s castle in Dunsinane....   [tags: Tragedy, shakespeare, aristotelian, Aristotle,]

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Aristotle 's On The Soul

- Prompt #4: Aristotle on the Soul In De Anima, Aristotle discusses the nature of all living things. His first definition of the soul, and essentially his thesis, is that the soul is the “the first actuality of a natural body that is potentially alive” (412a 27-28). However that is definition that requires a lot of expansion to really mean something. Like with most of Aristotle’s passages the terms he uses to define abstract ideas require a definition of their own. To better understand his thesis of the soul, we must first look at what he means by “first actuality” and how that relates to “second actuality.” According to Aristotle, there are three states of a rational being....   [tags: Soul, Life, Aristotle, Potential]

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Aristotle 's Poetics And Poetics

- “What is poetry?” Aristotle starts his Poetics book with this enchanting question. After reading Aristotle’s Poetics I began to think about poetry. Poetry to me is an art and art comes in very many different intermingled objects and ideas. After discussing what is art in my Fysem class and reading about it in Poetics, I will discuss in my paper what I think is art. Even though Aristotle’s Poetics is a lot about poetry, poetry is art and there are tons of properties the reader can use in any type of art based off of Aristotle’s Poetics....   [tags: Art, Aesthetics, Music, Aristotle]

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Politics by Aristotle

- The subject which the question focuses on is the view of Aristotle’s ideal state. The distinction between hierarchy and equality is at the heart of the understanding of Aristotle’s ideal state. He claims that an ideal state ought to be arranged to maximise the happiness of its citizens. So happiness together with political action is the telos of human life. This end can be reached by living a better ethical life. However, he endorses hierarchy over equality. On one hand we have the equality which benefits everyone; on the other hand we have the distinction of classes meant in terms of diversities and differences where the middle one appears to be the means through which the state is balanced...   [tags: Aristotle's Ideal State, Happiness Politics]

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Philosophy: Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

- What is the good. How do we know what the good is. How do we attain the good. What are the major obstacles in attaining the good. These questions have a great practical importance for individual as well as collective life. However, disagreements emerge when it comes to answering these questions. Throughout history, philosophers, theologians and other thinkers have tried to resolve these disagreements by providing their own and ‘new’ understanding of what is Good. In this essay, I will explain how Aristotle and Augustine have understood this ideal and how they have answered these questions....   [tags: aristotle, augustine, good]

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Aristotle's Philosophy on Purpose

- Aristotle, the last of the great Greek philosophers. He roamed Ancient Greece from 384 BC until his death in 323 BC. In this time, he wrote an enormous amount of works, a variety of books from metaphysics to politics and to poetry. His variety is exceptionally impressive. His greatest known works are the Athenian Constitution and Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle’s works of Ethics explore a vast area of topics. He states, “The goal of the Ethics is to determine how best to achieve happiness.” In order to achieve happiness, one must live a virtuous life, in the mind of Aristotle....   [tags: Aristotle, Philosophy, Purpose, ]

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Aristotle Is The Father Of The Biological Sciences?

- It is said that Aristotle is the father of the biological sciences. Through his exploration of animals, Aristotle used systems of classification and ideas of the scientific method that are the precursors to similar concepts today. Extending this, many would say that Modern Biology stems directly from the ideas and methods of Aristotelian Biology. However, while Modern Biology does follow the basic principles of Aristotle’s scientific method and classification of animals, it extends them beyond Aristotle’s concepts and in doing so begins to depart from an Aristotelian conception of species and the process and purpose of their development into a new scientific schema distant from Aristotle’s...   [tags: Scientific method, Science, Aristotle, Biology]

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Aristotle Was A Great Philosopher

- Aristotle was a great Greek philosopher that was born 384 B.C.E. on the Macedonian peninsula in Norther Greece and died 322 B.C.E. in Chalcis, Euboea. He was the apprentice of Plato and the mentor to Alexander the Great. He is regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of all time just like his mentor and his mentor before him. Aristotle had many great accomplishments through his life such as building the lyceum and writing many great books like The Organon, The Metaphysics, and Nicomachean Ethics....   [tags: Aristotle, Plato, Virtue, Alexander the Great]

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Aristotle 's Theory Of Logic

- Aristotle Aristotle made contributions to logic, physics, biology, medicine, and agriculture. He redesigned most, if not all, areas of knowledge he studied. Later in life he became the “Father of logic” and was the first to develop a formalized way of reasoning. Aristotle was a greek philosopher who founded formal logic, pioneered zoology, founded his own school, and classified the various branches of philosophy. Aristotle made basic rules and categories to organize logic and became known as the founder of logic....   [tags: Scientific method, Logic, Aristotle, Philosophy]

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Aristotle 's Influence On Education

- Aristotle was and is a very influential figure when it comes to educational practices and process as well as philosophy, ethics, and many other subjects. Many of his teachings and lectures shape the way we are taught and learn today. He comes from a long line of recognizable names when considering influential figures in Educational Philosophy. Although this analysis is focused on his contributions to education, it is important to note that he showed influence in a variety of concepts. Aristotle was born in 384 B.C.E and lived until 322 B.C.E....   [tags: Aristotle, Education, Plato, Nicomachean Ethics]

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Aristotle And Plato 's Philosophy

- Aristotle and Plato both believe philosophy in their lives is crucial and necessary for a good life. Aristotle in book X of the Nicomachean Ethics had a long discussion of how contemplation is what leads to a good life. Socrates in the Apology says the unexamined life is not worth living. I would have to agree with them on this But why is it that they thought philosophy is part of the good life. In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle first talks of pleasure to lead to how contemplation is crucial and necessary for a good life....   [tags: Virtue, Plato, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle]

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Aristotle 's Theory Of Knowledge

- Throughout this class I have come to learn that my views best match up with that of an empiricist, and that of a virtue ethicist. I found that all the theories were interesting and had many good points, and many flaws. A philosopher who holds both of the views I agree most with is Aristotle. There are many theories concerning epistemology, the theory of knowledge all with good points. Aristotle 's theory of knowledge falls under the category of empiricism, but has its own take. He agrees that a posteriori clams are necessary for the sciences, and that knowledge can be gained through experience....   [tags: Scientific method, Ethics, Logic, Aristotle]

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The Art of a Good Story from Aristotle's Five Elements

- “In his poetics, Aristotle declared that the hierarchy of dramatic effects was in descending order as follows: plot, character, dialogue…” (Watts, 56). A good story is one that utilizes five elements of craft in coherence with one another to further the reader’s understanding of the narrative. In accordance with Aristotle, plot is the most crucial to building a successful story and should be examined first. As stated by Nigel Watts, author of over ten books, “A classical plot is a narrative of causality which results in a completed process of significant change, giving the reader emotional satisfaction” (Watts, 28)....   [tags: Aristotle, storytelling,]

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Plato And Aristotle 's Views On Metaphysics

- Metaphysics is the study of what is actually real about the makeup of the physical existence of the world. When researching this topic it showed that their were two philosophers, Plato and Aristotle who were passionate about this topic, but had two separate views. Plato thought that metaphysics was about the different Forms and the unchanging ideas that rest beneath the changing physical world, coming to the conclusion of dualism. Contrasty, Aristotle thought that metaphysics was about the physical substance of matter, form, and the universal imbedded in the item, which brought him to the conclusion of monism and the four causes....   [tags: Aristotle, Causality, Soul, Ontology]

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Analysis Of Aristotle 's Rhetoric And Rhetoric

- Grammar can be an extremely difficult word to define. Finding a definition that will truly cover all of what grammar is and does is nearly impossible. Grammar is more than just a set of rules; the pragmatics of grammar can determine how people are viewed in society. Rhetoric is the ability to speak or write effectively. This term is easier to define, but still encompasses much more than just what is in its definition. The two terms may seem unrelated but are, in fact, intrinsically bound to one another....   [tags: Rhetoric, Logic, Aristotle, Definition]

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Historical Views of Leadership: Plato and Aristotle

- What is leadership, and how do we attain the best and most effective leaders. These are questions that are as old as civilization itself. Bass (1974) wrote that, “from its infancy, the study of history has been the study of leaders” (as cited in Wren, 1995, p. 50). Since the study of history in the West is commonly held to begin with Herodotus of ancient Athens, it is not surprising that we should examine the historical views of leadership through the eyes of two titans of Greek thought: Plato and Aristotle....   [tags: Leadership, Plato, Aristotle]

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Aristotle 's Theory On Virtue Ethics

- Ancient Greece philosopher Aristotle has had much influence of Western thought as we know it today. At the core of his thinking was the concept that man’s potential to lead a virtuous life is grounded in human nature. Aristotle’s contributions to philosophy in the branch of ethics explored a variety of long pondered issues, including the function of a human being and the acquisition of virtue. The final result of his work is commonly referred to as Virtue Theory in modern philosophy. As a young woman on the brink of major life decisions (including what career to pursue and what type of life I should lead), I found Aristotle’s theory on virtue ethics to be both intriguing and of great use for...   [tags: Virtue, Ethics, Virtue ethics, Aristotle]

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Why Aristotle 's Virtue Ethics

- Explaining Aristotle 's Virtue Ethics In Aristotle 's Nicomachean Ethics, the basic idea of virtue ethics is established. The most important points are that every action and decision that humans make is aimed at achieving the good or as Aristotle 's writes, “Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at the good... (Aristotle 1094a). Aristotle further explains that this good aimed for is happiness. For Aristotle, happiness is defined as “an activity of soul in accordance with complete excellence......   [tags: Virtue, Ethics, Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics]

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Comparing Aristotle 's Nicomachean Ethics

- In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics we are given the Greek term Eudaimonia, its definition being a contented sate of being happy, healthy and prosperous. For Aristotle, Eudaimonia or happiness is our ultimate goal. Aristotle states that most people see happiness as something physical and this way of thinking is faulted because we do not have the appropriate image of a good life. He goes on to tell us that our view is faulted because most people are not virtuous. The reason for the deficiency in virtue found in society is that people are not thought virtue correctly from a young age....   [tags: Virtue, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle, Human]

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Aristotle 's Theory Of The Doctrine Of Final Causality

- At some point in everyone’s life, they have probably wondered what their purpose is, what they’re meant to do or accomplish during their time on Earth. In his writing, Physics, Aristotle gives four causes that are responsible for that which is by nature, with the final cause, the purpose of a thing, being the considered the chief cause. With this principle in mind, Aristotle ponders what the final causes are for both man and for the state in the Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle applies the doctrine of final causality to his teachings by claiming that the final cause for man is happiness, attainable through virtue, and the telos of the state is to produce and foster virtuous citizens....   [tags: Causality, Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics]

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Aristotle 's Poetics Of The World And The Way It Can Be Analyzed

- Aristotle’s Poetics consists in collection of notes trying to describe different artistic categories related to words (poetry). Even if the chapters about comedy were never founded, propositions articulated in these notes, after taken as canonical, have had a strong impact in differentiating aesthetic genres, establishing their boundaries. The way Aristotle approached arts that rely on verbal language has also several implications for the conception of the role of literature in the world and the way it can be analyzed....   [tags: Character, Drama, Aristotle, Poetics]

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Physics of Aristotle

- The great Greek thinker Aristotle was born in 384 B.C. in Stagirus, a city in ancient Macedonia in northern Greece. At the age of eighteen Aristotle went to Athens to begin his studies at Plato's Academy. He stayed and studied at the Academy for nineteen years and in that time became both a teacher and an independent researcher. After Plato's death in 347 B.C. Aristotle spent twelve years traveling and living in various places around the Aegean Sea. It was during this time that Aristotle was asked by Philip of Macedon to be a private tutor to his son, Alexander....   [tags: physics aristotle]

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Aristotle and Islam: Two Views of Women's Rights

- Aristotle is one of the most famous philosophers around the world. He is Greek; he lived between 384 BC and 322 BC . He wrote in many aspects such as physics, metaphysics, logic, politics, government and ethics . While concerning politics and government, it is clear that Aristotle has some effective ideas to the state and the human society. On the other hand, Islam is one of the religious that take about how the society works and how to keep the state. They both talk about justice and equality between the members of the society....   [tags: Aristotle, philosophy, women, feminism, ]

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Plato And Aristotle 's Views On Politics And Government

- Plato and Aristotle both established important ideas about politics and their government. The general idea these two men wrote about were tyranny and the rule of law. What the rule of law is stating is that no one is immune from the law, even the people who are in a position of power. The rule of law served as a safeguard against tyranny because laws just ensure that rulers don’t become more corrupt. These two philosophers explored political philosophy and even though they didn’t agree on much they’re impacts are still around the world today....   [tags: Aristotle, Causality, Justice, Law]

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Plato and Aristotle: Their Contributions to the Development of Western Philosophy

- The philosophies of Plato and Aristotle and their contributions to the development of western philosophy. Plato was a classical Greek philosopher and one of the top 5 contributors to Western philosophy, educator after his mentor, Socrates and teacher of Aristotle. His sophistication as a writer started while under the tutelage of Socrates, continued through his establishing of his own academy, (The Academy of Athens which has been labeled as the first institution of higher learning in the Western World) and throughout his many years as an open minded author....   [tags: Plato and Aristotle Essays]

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Plato And Aristotle 's Views On The Republic And Politics

- In both The Republic and Politics, Plato and Aristotle discuss about how a society should be ruled according to their respective viewpoints. By differentiating between philosophical knowledge and non-philosophical belief, Plato is able to explain why philosopher-kings are ideal or why they rule in society. While Plato’s government is ruled by philosopher-kings, Aristotle’s is composed of a constitutional government, which he believes is the second-best state. In order to examine how Plato would react to such system by Aristotle, it is essential to first look at why Plato implements such practices in society....   [tags: Plato, Aristotle, Democracy, Oligarchy]

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Aristotle's Persuasion using Ethos, Pathos and Logos, and the Media

- Aristotle came up with a useful set of principals used in persuading. Those principals, ethos, pathos, and logos are most commonly seen in the media. When being used in the media two of Aristotle’s principals become more useful, while one falls behind. Ethos, being the one that falls behind by not appealing to a wide variety of the public. While, in the media, pathos, the emotional appeal, and logos, the logical appeal, are the most effective. One of the more effective is the pathos appeal. When using pathos the media is hitting the broadest population of listeners and readers....   [tags: Aristotle, philosophy, media]

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Aristotle And Plato 's Views On Morality, Politics And Science

- Aristotle and Plato were once philosophers in Ancient Greece who studied to a great extent ethics, politics and science. Aristotle was influenced by Plato as Aristotle was his student, just as Socrates, another big Greek philosopher, influenced Plato. Although, their ideas may be obsolete by modern standards, they still continue to have historical value. Thus, these ancient notions are often explored as they molded modern thinking to what it is today. Regularly examined, The Republic, by Plato and Politics by Aristotle, were each written in attempt at explaining political theory....   [tags: Logic, Aristotle, Inductive reasoning, Reason]

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Aristotle and Friendship

- I We know that Aristotle thinks that (a) the good life consists in excellent, distinctively human activity, (b) such activity involves character and an ideal of what is noble and worth doing for its own sake, and (c) that this activity is (deeply) enjoyable and satisfying because in so acting, the virtuous person is doing just what she wants to be doing. II In Books VIII and IX, Aristotle discusses the role of friendship in the good life. From what has been said so far, it is clear that he must think there is an intimate link between friendship and virtuous activity....   [tags: Philosophy, Aristotle 2014]

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How Globalization is Changing World Governments Compared to Plato and Aristotle's Government

- The way the government structure is organized has been changing ever since humans began to live in a polis. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that humans were political animals, thus the reason for organizing ourselves into a political state. However the way governments are organized, and which political system works best has been the centrepiece for many violent conflicts in the past, and will continue to challenge the world into the future. Yet a new form of organization is taking place in the 21st century and has been given the term “globalization.” With the onset of globalization many of those in government have had to change their governing style in order to keep up with...   [tags: Globalization, Governments, Plato, Aristotle]

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Aristotle And Plato 's Ideas Of How Society Should Be Run

- Aristotle and Plato differ in their ideas of how society should be run. In Plato’s ideal society, he believes that a strong city is one run by philosophers. The only ones of this society who think, who have reason and wisdom according to the Allegory of the Metals. In a just city according to Plato, people have a place like certain kids destined for the guardianship so they are born and bred for it all their life. Aristotle saw politics as the study of association and constitution. He believed in moderation and a key to a happy life and a happy society is balance....   [tags: Political philosophy, Philosophy, Aristotle]

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Theory and Praxis in Aristotle and Heidegger

- Theory and Praxis in Aristotle and Heidegger ABSTRACT: The discussion of Heidegger's “destructive retrieve” of Aristotle has been intensified in recent years by the publication of Heidegger's courses in the years surrounding his magnum opus. Heidegger's explicit commentary on Aristotle in these courses permits one to read Being and Time with Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Metaphysics. My paper analyzes a network of differences between the two thinkers, focusing on the relationship between theory and praxis....   [tags: Aristotle heidegger Essays]

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An Evaluation On Fault Of The Stars And How It Relates Aristotle Poetics On Three Categories

- Can it Relate. (An Evaluation on Fault in Our Stars and how it relates to Aristotle Poetics on three categories.) Aristotle was an opinionated man. He created an essay people would look to; when it came to drama he thought there was only one way to have a good story, which was a tragedy. There are many films that are considered to be a tragedy, but the one that has recently touched the lives of many is Fault in Our Stars. The story starts out with a young teenage girl who has terminal cancer. She is on a drug that is sustaining her life, but she is inevitably going to die....   [tags: Emotion, Tragedy, Aristotle, Poetics]

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Aristotle and the Techne of Rhetoric

- Aristotle and the Techne of Rhetoric Between the third and fifth centuries B.C. there existed a “golden and classical age” of thought in the ancient world, with the majority of this activity centered in the polis of Athens, Greece. Although the city is historically recognized for its legendary conflict with rival polis Sparta, Athens is perhaps best known for the creation of democracy—that noble political experiment that laid the preliminary structure for most of the rights we Americans enjoy today....   [tags: History Aristotle Essays]

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Aristotle's Idea of Tragedy and the Play "Fires in the Mirror"

- Aristotle was a phenomenal Greek philosopher. His words and thoughts inspired millions, and continue inspiring today. He taught lessons to those who would listen, he preached his scientific findings, but above all, Aristotle enjoyed the theatre. In fact, Aristotle had his own views about different genres. Today we will look at tragedy. In Aristotle’s mind, a tragedy was the process of imitating an action which had serious implications, was complete, and possessed magnitude. He even composed six elements that a tragedy must contain....   [tags: Anna Devere Smith, Aristotle, Tragedy, Fires in th]

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Analysis of Aristotle's The Politics

- An Analysis of Aristotle's The Politics In "The Politics", Aristotle would have us believe that man by nature is a political animal. In other words, Aristotle seems to feel that the most natural thing for men to do is to come together in some form of political association. He then contends that this political association is essential to the pursuit of the good life. Finally he attempts to distinguish what forms of political association are most suitable to the pursuit of this good life. In formulating a critique of "The Politics", we shall first examine his claims as to what is natural to man and whether the criterion of the natural is sufficient to demonstrate virtue....   [tags: Aristotle Poetics Politics Essays]

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The Contradictions in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

- When I think about what makes me happiest in life, I put my family and friends at the top of the list. I know that there is no way I would be who I am today without them. My family loves me and has taught me most of what I know about how to live. Friends have taught me so much more about myself than I could ever have imagined; how to laugh at myself, how to love myself, how to learn from my mistakes, etc. All these people in my life have given me so much and I have in return offered what I have to give....   [tags: Philosophy Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle ]

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Aristotle 's Different Types Of Political States

- Aristotle describes three different types of political states, two of which do not meet the criteria of an excellent city, and one that best suits the citizens to live a self-sufficient and excellent life. Aristotle begins to describe the city-state as a city in which free citizens share in ruling not to merely rule over citizens but to rule over them for the sake of the city. As for the sake of the city is to live a good life and be in pursuit of excellence. The virtue, in this sense, drives the citizens to live a good life around justice because their virtues constitute that that is the greater good of being a citizen of an excellent city....   [tags: Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, Plato, Aristotle]

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Slavery in Aristotle's Works

- Before a serious investigation of any aspect of Aristotle’s political theories is undertaken, we must take a moment to acknowledge that many of the institutions and doctrines he defends have been repudiated in modern political thought. In fact many such institutions are appalling and simply morally wrong. One such institution is slavery. Aristotle argues in the Politics that slavery is just. No argument is needed to conclude that Aristotle made a terrible ethical and moral error in defending slavery....   [tags: Aristotle Philosophy Slavery Essays]

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Human Function: Aristotle’s Basis for Ethical Value

- Human Function: Aristotle’s Basis for Ethical Value I. Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics Depend on the Human Function Aristotle presents a system of virtue ethics in Nicomachean Ethics. This work presents a prescriptive theory with the aim of showing how humans may reach a proper state of happiness in which the natural human end is fulfilled. This end is regarded as an end in itself to which subordinate ends are related. This master end itself is understood as a type of activity rather than a state that can be achieved with a limited series of actions, and this activity is described as a general practice of acting well in accord with reason....   [tags: Philosophy Aristotle]

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Analysis Of Virginia Woolf 's Poetry Advice Than Aristotle, Pope, And Wordsworth )

- Poetry Advice (An analysis of Virginia Woolf’s poetry advice compared to Aristotle, Pope, and Wordsworth) There are many different ways to be creative. There is not one right or wrong way to write a poem, sing a song, or paint a picture. However, you can always improve any of these things. Virginia Woolf is a strong supporter of self-improvement, and she believes that a little advice on a matter can go a long way. During her time, Virginia Woolf was one of the most gifted of the modernist writers....   [tags: Poetry, Aristotle, Alexander Pope, Literature]

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Aristotle: A Comprehensive View on Nature and Society

- Aristotle: A Comprehensive View on Nature and Society In order to fully understand Aristotle’s views on a natural system, it is necessary to first explain some general principles of his philosophy. It is in his work the Categories that Aristotle presents the concept of substance, a concept that will serve as the foundation for much of his philosophical system. Substance, for Aristotle, is not a universal, but rather, it is the particular; substance is not a “such,” but a “this.” Thus, substance is neither in nor is it said of a subject (as are qualities)....   [tags: Aristotle Philosophy Philosophers Essays]

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Aristotle's Poetics: Complexity and Pleasure in Tragedy

- Aristotle's Poetics: Complexity and Pleasure in Tragedy Aristotle 384-322 BC First, the instinct of imitation is implanted in man from childhood, one difference between him and other animals being that he is the most imitative of living creatures, and through imitation learns his earliest lessons; and no less universal is the pleasure felt in things imitated. We have evidence of this in the facts of experience. Objects which in themselves we view with pain, we delight to contemplate when reproduced with minute fidelity Poetics Chapter 1V In his Poetics [1] Aristotle classifies plot into two types: simple [haplos], and complex [peplegmenos]....   [tags: Aristotle Poetics Essays]

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Aristotle's View of Slavery

- Born in the year of 384 B.C. Aristotle was seen as conventional for his time, for he regarded slavery as a natural course of nature and believed that certain people were born to be slaves due to the fact that their soul lacked the rational part that should rule in a human being; However in certain circumstances it is evident that Aristotle did not believe that all men who were slaves were meant to be slaves. In his book Politics, Aristotle begins with the Theory of The Household, and it is here that the majority of his views upon slavery are found....   [tags: Slave Slavery Aristotle Paper Essay]

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Aristotle's Categories

- Aristotle’s Categories Things are said to be named 'equivocally' when, though they have a common name, the definition corresponding with the name differs for each. Thus, a real man and a figure in a picture can both lay claim to the name 'animal'; yet these are equivocally so named, for, though they have a common name, the definition corresponding with the name differs for each. For should any one define in what sense each is an animal, his definition in the one case will be appropriate to that case only....   [tags: Philosophy Aristotle]

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Book VII of the Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle

- Book VII of the Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle Introduction In book seven of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle sets out his theory of akrasia, or weakness of will. Aristotle attempts to explain both how such actions are possible (contra Socrates), and how we can dissolve the puzzles (aporiai) generated by our most important (kurios) commonly held beliefs, which arise in response to the actions of the incontinent person. This paper will review book VII of the Nichomachean Ethics (EN), and attempt to resolve some of the remaining questions left open by Aristotle’s critique....   [tags: Aristotle Nichomachean Ethics Philosophy Essays]

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Aristotle's Political Virtues

- Aristotle's Political Virtues ABSTRACT: This paper argues that Aristotle conceives happiness not primarily as an exercise of virtue in private or with friends, but as the exercise of virtue in governing an ideal state. The best states are knit together so tightly that the interests of one person are the same as the interests of all. Hence, a person who acts for his or her own good must also act for the good of all fellow citizens. It follows that discussions of Aristotle’s altruism and egoism are misconceived....   [tags: Aristotle Politics Philosophy Essays]

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The Relevance of Aristotle’s Poetics to the World Today

- The Relevance of Aristotle’s Poetics to the World Today      The Canadian novelist Michael Ondaatje, in his last novel titled In the Skin of a Lion, wrote that "the first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human" (Ondaatje 223).  Ondaatje noted that what makes a novel a novel is order or, as that order is sometimes referred to today, plot and structure.  It is that structure that we, as both the audience and the artist, rely on to understand and appreciate a work of art.  But, even though Ondaatje noticed the order necessary, he did not do what has been done before--offer an explanation, or rather, a definition of tha...   [tags: Aristotle Poetics Essays]

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Aristotle's Ethics

- Aristotle’s thoughts on ethics conclude that all humans must have a purpose in life in order to be happy. I believe that some of the basics of his ideas still hold true today. This essay points out some of those ideas. It was Aristotle’s belief that everything, including humans, had a telos or goal in life. The end result or goal was said to be happiness or “eudaimonia”. He explained that eudaimonia was different for each person, and that each had a different idea of what it meant. Further, he said that people must do things in moderation, but at the same time do enough....   [tags: Aristotle and the Concept of Telos]

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Matthew Arnold versus Aristotle's Poetics

- The value of imitation: a vision of Aristotle's Poetics Aristotle wrote his Poetics thousands of years before Matthew Arnold's birth. His reasons for composing it were different from Arnold's reasons for using it as an element of his own poetic criticism. We can safely say that Arnold was inclined to use the Poetics as an inspiration for his own poetry, and as a cultural weapon in the fight for artistic and social renewal. Aristotle, by contrast, was more concerned with discovering general truths, and with formalising truths already known intuitively within his own society....   [tags: Aristotle Imitation Matthew Arnold Poetry Poem]

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Aristotle’s Politics - The Good Man Should Not Rule the City

- Aristotle’s Politics - The Good Man Should Not Rule the City Aristotle contends that the good man is dissimilar to the good citizen in ways he goes a great length to illustrate. He distinguishes the two for the purpose of facilitating his later arguments concerning the appropriate allocation of sovereignty to the rightful ruler, who he subsequently claims is the good man who excels all others in each and every aspect. Aristotle's distinction further prompts the notion that he advocates a monarchial form of constitution, for the rule of a single good man is equivalent to a constitution of kingship....   [tags: Aristotle Poetics Politics Essays]

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The Relation between Seneca’s Hercules Furens and Aristotle’s Poetics

- The Relation between Seneca’s Hercules Furens and Aristotle’s Poetics The intent of this paper is to discuss Seneca’s Hercules Furens in relation to Aristotle’s description of tragedy as outlined in the Poetics. It begins by discussing character, and attempts to determine the nature of Hercules’ error (a(marti/a).1[1] The paper then discusses matters of plot (mu~qoj), attempting to determine the degree to which Hercules Furens meets Aristotle’s requirements for good tragedy in this regard. According to Aristotle, the best tragedy evokes feelings of fear and pity.2[2] Since characters in a tragedy must perform action (pra~cij), it follows that the best tragedy must contain some action that...   [tags: Aristotle Poetics Politics Essays]

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Aristotle On The Soul Of Aristotle

- Aristotle on the Soul In De Anima, Aristotle discusses the nature of all living things. His first definition of the soul, and essentially his thesis, is that the soul is the “the first actuality of a natural body that is potentially alive” (412a 27-28). However that is definition that requires a lot of expansion to really mean something. Like with most of Aristotle’s passages the terms he uses to define abstract ideas require a definition of their own. To better understand his thesis of the soul, we must first look at what he means by “first actuality” and how that relates to “second actuality.” According to Aristotle, there are three states of a rational being....   [tags: Soul, Life, Socrates, Love]

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Similarities Between Aristotle And Aristotle

- Plato and Aristotle, both have similarities and differences in their ideas of which virtues are important and how they lead to happiness. For Plato, in his book "The Republic", happiness is achieved by adhering to a set of rules put into place by the state for each class. According to Aristotle 's "Nicomachean Ethics", Aristotle believed that all human activity is done to achieve happiness, which is considered the supreme good. Becoming wealthy, or famous, or seeking physical pleasure is only done to achieve happiness....   [tags: Virtue, Plato, Ethics, Nicomachean Ethics]

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Aristotle Between Aristotle And Hobbes

- Aristotle and Hobbes have different views on what is good, which results in contrasting moral theories. These philosophers both have different views on what is good, how to act, and how to be. The way in which Aristotle defines happiness, is opposed in the views and beliefs of Hobbes. Aristotle believed that there was a final good and opposing him was the belief that Hobbes had which was that there was no final good. They both believed that being moral wasn’t only good for you but also good for others....   [tags: Ethics, Virtue, Plato, Nicomachean Ethics]

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Friendship Between Aristotle And Aristotle

- Friendship is an important factor in the life of a human being. Development in human beings requires some aspects of bonding to form a social life. The bonding forms an essential aspect of living referred to as friendship. It forms one of the main theories of human nature. For instance, Aristotle contributed a lot to the philosophy of friendship followed by his counterpart Cicero. Cicero used a metaphor in explaining his understanding of friendship where he referred friendship as the sun of life where apart from wisdom, indicates the best gift God gave to the human fraternity....   [tags: Friendship, Virtue, Interpersonal relationship]

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Similarities Between Aristotle And Aristotle

- Plato and Aristotle, both have similarities and differences in their ideas of which virtues are important and how they lead to happiness. For Plato, in his book "The Republic", happiness is achieved by adhering to a set of rules put into place by the state for each class. According to Aristotle 's "Nicomachean Ethics", Aristotle believed that all human activity is done to achieve happiness, which is considered the supreme good. Becoming wealthy, or famous, or seeking physical pleasure is only done to achieve happiness....   [tags: Virtue, Plato, Ethics, Nicomachean Ethics]

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Similarities Between Aristotle And Aristotle

- While Descartes and Aristotle have numerous differences in thought, time period, cultural perspectives, backgrounds, agendas, and understanding of philosophy, the most important difference is how they each in turn, define the soul, and how it relates, interacts, or adheres with the body. Aristotle: What Plato called ideals; Aristotle called essence (or form), and its opposite, matter. Matter is without shape or form or purpose. It is just “stuff,” pure potential, no actuality. Essence is what provides the shape or form or purpose to matter....   [tags: Soul, Mind, Philosophy of mind, Consciousness]

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The Beautiful in Kant's Third Critique and Aristotle's Poetics

- The Beautiful in Kant's Third Critique and Aristotle's Poetics ABSTRACT: I argue that Kant's analysis of the experience of the beautiful in the third Critique entails an implicit or potential experience of the sublime, that is, the sublime as he himself describes it. Finding the sublime in the beautiful is what I call philosophical beauty. I then consider some aspects of Aristotle's analysis of tragedy in the Poetics, specifically his identification of the key elements of tragedy as those involving the experience of fear and pity, which leads to a catharsis of these emotions....   [tags: Kant Third Critique Aristotle Poetics Essays]

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Aristotle's Reform of Paideia

- Aristotle's Reform of Paideia ABSTRACT: Ancient Greek education featured the pedagogical exercise of dialectic, in which a student defended a thesis against rigorous questioning by an instructor. Aristophanes’ Clouds, as well as Plato and Aristotle, criticize the practice for promoting intellectual skepticism, moral cynicism, and an eristic spirit - the desire to win in argument rather than seek the truth. I suggest Aristotle’s logic is meant to reform the practice of dialectic. In the first part of my paper, I defend the thesis that Aristotle’s syllogistic is an art of substantive reasoning against the contemporary view that it is a science of abstract argument forms....   [tags: Paideia Artistotle Philosophy Essays]

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Influence of Aristotle’s Poetics on William Wordsworth’s Poetry and William Shakespeare’s Plays

- The Influence of Aristotle on William Wordsworth’s Poetry and William Shakespeare’s Plays Aristotle’s Poetics is not one of his major works, although it has exercised a great deal of influence upon subsequent literary studies and criticism. In this work Aristotle outlines and discusses many basic elements that an author should adhere to in order to write a great tragedies and/or poetry. Two important topics that Aristotle addresses and believes to be crucial to the art work is the mimesis, or imitation of life, and that the audience has an emotional response from the work, or a catharsis....   [tags: Aristotle Tragedy Tragedies]

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Aristotle And Aristotle : Ancient And Medieval Thinkers

- Aquinas and Aristotle were both ancient/medieval thinkers. They both agree that human beings have a function and they believed that virtue is necessary to fulfill this function. They presented the idea that certain actions by human beings are intrinsically wrong and that we can know that they are by intellectual apprehension and reason. Even though they agreed on a few things, they had different views. Aristotle was a student of Plato and eventually became one of the most influential philosophers of all time....   [tags: Virtue, Ethics, Prudence, Morality]

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The Influence of Aristotle

- Aristotle is considered by many to be The Fountainhead of modern scientific thinking. The forces that influenced Aristotle, is perhaps better understood on a historic basis has been laid. The Greek thinkers around 600 BC, began to interrupt the world around them as governed by anything other than his many personifications of gods and they took in a naturalistic way of thinking, which in turn was to the early science. This may have been sparked by their enthusiasm for travel abroad, which may have made them skeptical of their traditions.2 Thales (ca....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Aristotle and The Politics

- Philosopher and scientist, disciple of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great, acclaimed thinker and traveller in exile, it is nearly impossible to catch Aristotle in a defined denomination. It seems indeed that he lived several lives in one, experiencing fame and dishonour, starting from bottom to reach top but collapsing because of the people’s disapproval: the tragedy of the classic philosopher maybe. As a consequence his work is a reflection of his life: complex and incredibly diverse. Like a scientist he observed and dissected the world around him in many fields: from philosophical concepts with The Metaphysics to inanimate things in On Minerals via the structure of an ideal state in...   [tags: philosphy, science, hierarchy, justice, equality]

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Aristotle on Courage

- In the 1939 movie classic, The Wizard of Oz, the Cowardly Lion is on a quest for the wizard to give him courage. He is afraid of everything and anything. However, in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle believes that courage is possible for all individuals. To gain courage one must have the inner qualities that will guide the courageous. The most important part of these qualities is to come to terms with death itself. Also, there are views of courage that are falsely perceived because they appear to be parallel with one another; nevertheless they are still very different....   [tags: Nicomachean Ethics, Traits]

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Aristotle On Friendship

- Aristotle wrote on many subjects in his lifetime but one of the virtues that he examines more extensively is friendship. Aristotle believes that there are three different kinds of friendship: utility, pleasure, and virtuous friendships. He also argues that a real friendship should be highly valued because it is a complete virtue and he believes it to be greater than honor and justice. Aristotle suggests that human’s love of utility and pleasure is the only reason why the first two types of friendships exist....   [tags: Philosophy, Greek Philosophers]

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Descartes and Aristotle

- People live life one day at time with the same guidance from their ancestors, and they often question their existence in the universe and try to understand the world around them. People often question their existence in the universe. Philosophers try to answer questions that most people will not think of in their daily lives. Most philosophers try to get to the truth of logical questions through epistemology. Epistemology is a “branch of philosophy that studies the nature and possibility of knowledge” (Soccio)....   [tags: Rationalism, Priori, Posteriori, Philosophers]

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Aristotle and Plato

- Political society today, has taken many lessons from Plato and Aristotle’s political ideas. As was the case in Ancient Greece, there are many different political ideologies and regimes that will may serve the purpose for one society, but in another, could cause utter chaos. Aristotle attributed the need for there being a number of political regimes due to the fact that there are “many parts to a city.” (4.3.1) The many parts to a city that he was referring to, simply enforces the necessity of having different forms of office for each of these parts....   [tags: Government, Ancient Greece, Thinkers]

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Aristotle and Tragedy

- A tragedy’s itended purpose is to raise emotions of both pity and fear through a catharsis. The audience often feels empthatic for the protagonist, as he or she is likely described as a tragic hero. In order to be classified as a tragic hero there are specific criteria that must be met. Aristotle dissected tragedy to further understand the purpose, components, and the criterium. Through his studies, Aristotle formulated, Poetics, his very own book explaining his theory on tragedy. Aristotle defined tragedy as the “imitation of action according to the “law of probability or necessity” (“Outline of Aristotle's Theory of Tragedy.")....   [tags: pity, fear, catharsis, William Shakespeare]

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