Aristotle's Life: Aristotle And The Life Of Aristotle

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Aristotle was born in 384 B.C. in a tiny Greek town called Stagirus, which is now called Stagria. His father, Nicomachus, served as the personal physician to Amyntas II; who was the king of Macedonia in the kingdom’s capital of Pella (Cook). Aristotle lost his mother and father when he was still a young boy and he then went to live with other family in the town of Atarneus. When Aristotle grew into his late teen years he decided to move to Athens, Greece in order to study mathematics, sciences, and philosophy. He enrolled in the prestigious Academy, in which Plato was the founder; he then remained there for twenty years until Plato’s passing. After the death of Plato, Aristotle decided to relocate back to Atarneus with some of his other fellow …show more content…
One of his famous works is called Politics, which he addresses the educational and emotional benefits of music. Another piece of work from Aristotle is Poetics, which according to critics has had a large influence on the way Greek tragedy is read. Poetics also seems to challenge some of Plato’s views on drama as the way it was written in his book Republic. In the book Poetics, Aristotle’s intent was to write and discuss tragedy, epic poetry, and comedy. The section of comedy in the book is missing and the part of epic poetry seems to be incomplete so the emphasis on tragedy is quite large. In Poetics, Aristotle discusses the origins of tragedy and what he considers the most important parts, which are plot, character, diction, reasoning, spectacle, and song …show more content…
The book mainly pertaining to politics was put together from lecture notes and on a treatise from one of Aristotle’s pupils. Aristotle proposes that happiness results from the exercise of virtue in human nature. In his view there are two different types of virtues, which are intellectual and moral and that both of them are derived from the human soul. He also proposes that the human soul contains a humans passions and appetite, this makes up the persons character. The Nicomachean Ethics contains a total of ten books, which range from moral virtue to friendship. In the tenth and final book Aristotle takes a close look into pleasure and how it relates to ethics. He also looks into the issue of speculative wisdom. Aristotle deems speculative wisdom to be the highest virtue of all as listed in his book. He states that exercising the virtue of speculative wisdom leads to a contemplation of truth and that this is what helps a person achieve the highest level of happiness. Horace Rackham stated that although Aristotle’s book does not do so, the document should return the issue of politics and it should point out the business of politics also. He also states that the best way to organize the state is a way to optimize the greatest number of citizens for them to attain the virtue of speculative wisdom and for them to be able to use it (Cook). The writer of this paper believes

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