Aristotle Is A Well Renowned Philosopher That Lived And

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Aristotle is a well renowned philosopher that lived and taught in Greece during the time of 350 B.C. He was a student of Plato, yet is famous for rejecting Plato’s theory of forms. He was both a prolific writer in addition to a polymath and expanded the knowledge of numerous areas of study. He even classified a multitude of distinctions for different aspects of knowledge that are still in use today such as mathematics and biology. Aristotle was the first to develop a formalized system of logic which was based on the structure of an argument rather than its contents. Aristotle created some 200 treatises of which only 31 survive in a manuscript format instead of how Aristotle would lecture them to his students. He was well known for his…show more content…
Why are humans able to reason? It is because they have a rational soul. Then why do they have a rational soul? It is because they are able to reason. Henceforth the argument is of circular logic. It does however give us a classification for different categories of life which is important in Aristotle 's delvings into the sciences. Aristotle lacked the technical and conceptual tools utilized by modern science in his endeavors to explain why something is true instead of the statement that something it is true. Utilizing the Aristotelian invention of syllogism, Aristotle’s logic followed that if the premises for an explanation of a phenomena is valid, as is the form, then the conclusion will be that of scientific truth. While Aristotle erred in his findings in many of the various scientific realms, such as a geocentric versus heliocentric solar system, his scientific application of syllogism gave way to modern scientific empiricism which is the idea that an abstract argument must be supported by factual evidence and for the theory to be judged by a tribunal of observation. Given the numerous advances in technology and the human culture since 350 B.C. and Aristotle’s syllogistic view, it is possible that he could adapt to modern viewpoints by applying means of demonstrations and scientific deduction in tandem with modern knowledge convey what modern science currently holds as true. It is also important to know that science is ever changing,
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