Aristotle was one of the greatest
thinkers of all time. He has profoundly influenced western thought as
we know it. He was born in 384 B.C. after the Peloponnesian War ended
in northern Greece in the town of Stagira.
Aristotle along with being a philosopher carried out many
roles in his lifetime which included that of educator of the young, and
scientist. Along with his teacher Plato he is considered to be one of
the greatest ancient Greek Philosophers.
Aristotle joined Plato's Academy when he was only 17 years
old, and remained for twenty years studying. Plato considered
Aristotle his most talented and intelligent student and bestowed upon him
the title "The Reader".
Aristotle is considered to be the most well rounded and
learned of the Greek philosophers, as he studied how Greek thought had
developed in its' entirety. Like Plato he would bring forth an
Argument and summarize it, then criticize it, find faults with it, fix it,
and then criticize it again. He would follow this process in the
development of thought.
Aristotle is well known as the teacher of Alexander the
Great. Aristotle's father was in the service of Amyntas II king of
Macedon who was father of prince Philip. Prince Philip was later to
become king of Macedon and was the father of Alexander. Knowing of
Aristotle Philip asked him to educate his son.