Aristotle 's Views On Plato And Aristotle Essay

762 Words Jan 21st, 2016 4 Pages
Two popular Greek philosophers that have started up a debate that has now lasted for centuries. Plato and Aristotle are two of the most influential Philosophers in history. However, Plato and Aristotle contrast in their view of what knowledge we possess at birth. Plato supports the idea of Innatism, which states that we enter this world with prior knowledge. Every person in the world has an immortal soul so, whatever we learned in one life can be passed on to the next. It sort of corresponds with the idea of reincarnation. However, it is proposed that at the shock of birth we forget our prior learnings and spend the next years of life trying to remember lost knowledge. In contrast, Aristotle 's idea of the Tabula Rasa, or blank slate, argues that we are born without any knowledge. Aristotle agreed that we have souls, but he disagreed with Plato about the souls being able to live forever. Aristotle believed that souls could not from the dead, so knowledge could not be returned to the world in any form. This is a big part of the Nature v. Nurture debate. This is something that psychologists and sociologists have argued about for years. The nature side is that we are born the way we are and our inheritance decide everything. The nurture side is when outside influencing factors, such as society, determine who you are. Most people have come to the conclusion that both influence the outcome of what a person is. Nature always affects nurture, and nurture always affects nature.…

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