Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle are some of the most important figures in Western philosophy. These three figures all lived around 400 BC and influenced pretty much all of Western philosophers that followed. After Plato passed away after Socrates, Aristotle was left in the world filled with wonders. What followed from then on was a work of true art.
Aristotle, the Greek ancient philosopher, had great interest in physics, poetry, theatre, music, ethics, and biology. Despite being born in the year 384 BC, he had very current interests.
In our course of Philosophy 12, we have studied the field of syllogism. Surprisingly, the roots of syllogism trace back to Aristotle. Aristotle has had many interesting ideas like syllogism in his years of life. Here are some examples of Aristotle’s greatest works: Golden mean, Aristotelian logic, syllogism, hexis, hylomorphism, and Aristotle’s theory of soul.
One of the greatest ideologies that Aristotle has contributed is to metaphysics. Metaphysics is, to Plato, “the theologic science”. Aristotle categorises metaphysics into three parts: substance, potentiality, and actuality.
Generally, these three parts are: Change in quanitity, change in space, and change in quality. Now, take note that this is the foundation of chemistry and physics, and other forms of science. This was around 350 BC. There are too many interesting facts about Aristotle to discuss about for this blog, so I’ll leave the intro at that, but if you want to find out more about Aristotle, you should do some research!