FC: The Search for Truth
1: "The search for truth is in one way hard and in another way easy, for it is evident that no one can master it fully or miss it wholly. But each adds a little to our knowledge of nature, and from all the facts assembled there arises a certain grandeur.” - Aristotle
3: Aristotle looks to find the truth in everything around him. He sought to bring to light all that he didn't understand about the universe. He believed that if a group just sat down and discussed a topic then ultimately the ultimate truth would be uncovered as is shown in the picture to the right. He was never did very much work in the field. | In the picture to the left it shows a bust of Aristotle next to part of the human body. this shows that he was a philosopher of all fields. This included anatomy, astronomy, etc. He also believed that one can learn anything by being asked questions about it and thus using your critical thinking at all times.
4: Aristotle was what we would call today an extreme try-hard because he studied hard to understand all aspects of physical science and philosophy in fields such as anatomy, astronomy, embryology, geography, geology, meteorology, physics, zoology, aesthetics, ethics, government, metaphysics, politics, economics, psychology, rhetoric and theology. He also studied education, foreign customs, literature and poetry.
5: Aristotle considered epic poetry, tragedy, comedy, dithyrambic poetry and music to be imitative, each varying in imitation by medium, object, and manner. Aristotle, Poetics I 1447a. This says that he also studied in the arts. He had a very deep and in-depth understanding of what he believed the arts to be as a form of study.
6: Like all scientists, Aristotle wasn't free from being wrong. No matter how much research he did he was going to be wrong eventually. This in fact happened quite often as nobody is right all the time. Even with some of his work in question, he made a huge difference in the way we think of the world around us.
7: Plato's and Aristotle's ideas about truth are commonly seen as consistent with correspondence theory. In his Metaphysics, Aristotle stated: "To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true".David, Marion (2005). "Correspondence Theory of Truth" in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
8: Aristotle started his hunt for knowledge (his idea of truth) when he was born in Stageira, Chalcidice. His father Nicomachus was the personal physician to King Amyntas of Macedon. Aristotle was trained and educated as a member of the aristocracy. At about the age of eighteen, he went to Athens to continue his education at Plato's Academy.
9: Aristotle remained at the academy for nearly twenty years before quitting Athens in 348/47 BC. The traditional story about his departure reports that he was disappointed with the direction the academy took after control passed to Plato's nephew Speusippus upon his death, although it is possible that he feared anti-Macedonian sentiments and left before Plato had died.Carnes Lord, Introduction to The Politics, by Aristotle (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984).
11: He then traveled with Xenocrates to the court of his friend Hermias of Atarneus in Asia Minor. While in Asia, Aristotle traveled with Theophrastus to the island of Lesbos, where together they researched the botany and zoology of the island. Aristotle married Hermias's adoptive daughter (or niece) Pythias. She bore him a daughter, whom they named Pythias. Soon after Hermias' death, Aristotle was invited by Philip II of Macedon to become the tutor to his son Alexander in 343 BC. Bertrand Russell, "A History of Western Philosophy", Simon & Schuster, 1972
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