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FC: Aristotle | And His Quest for Truth
1: By Gigi Justis
2: Aristotle's quest for truth started at the age of seventeen when he left for Athens to study in Plato's Academy until Plato's death in 347 BCE. | After his studies in Athens, Aristotle went to Asia Minor, modern day Turkey, to study marine biology. He was then called upon by Phillip of Macedon to ask that he tutor Phillip's 13 year old son, Alexander. He continued to tutor Alexander until Alexander was 15 and commanding in the military.
3: In 335 BCE, Aristotle created a school called Lyceum where he and his fellow Peripatetics studied and wrote about botany, biology, logic, music, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, cosmology, physics, the history of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology, ethics, theology, rhetoric, political history, government and political theory, and the arts.
4: Aristotle made many contributions in the area of zoology, specifically marine biology. While working with marine animals, Aristotle distinguished whales and dolphins from fish. | Also, the truth with marine animals was not the only truth of animals Aristotle determined, he distinguished red-blooded animals from non-blooded (without red blood).
5: It is said that Aristotle wrote around 150 different philosophical pieces, ranging from metaphysics to biology to politics, though only around 30 survive today.
6: The areas of zoology were not the only areas Aristotle studied. He was interested in weather, which he documented in his treatise Meteorology. Here he documented what he thought the cause of natural phenomena such as earthquakes, which he thought were caused by underground wind | Aristotle searched for truth throughout his whole entire life, during that time he concluded that the universe did not have a beginning, nor an ending. He believed that the universe was eternal and that change was bad, everything was recycled and used again.
7: Aristotle's philosophy holds many principles that are used in modern times, such as correct reasoning and deduction, both imperative skills in life. His major philosophical beliefs led to his Aristotelian philosophy becoming the official philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church.
8: Aristotle made great contributions in rhetoric, where he would teach about how to speak persuasively. According to Aristotle, rhetoric was used by knowing the character of the speaker, the emotion of the speaker and the general argument of the speech itself. | Aristotle was one who believed that poets were genius in the way that they could portray the deepest of human emotions, yet he said that if Herodotus' writings were put into meter, they would be none less history, with or without meter. This is how he found truth because he knew that poetry was art, but so was history.
9: Aristotle is and will always be one of the greatest philosophers ever. Throughout his life, he found truth in hi on way, whether it be in biology or philosophy.