Aristotle : The Good Life

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Aristotle: The Good Life Aristotle along with Plato and Socrates are three of the first and arguably the most important philosophers when it comes to modern day philosophy and ethics. Aristotle’s work extended beyond ethics and philosophy into scientific thought where he was a very important figure in that field as well. One of Aristotle’s greatest works was the Nicomachean Ethics. In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle explores how people should live and concentrates on the individual’s ethical responsibilities. He outlines many different ideas and angles of what he considers the good life. These include the meaning of “The Good”, Virtues and Friendship. Aristotle was born around 834 B.C. in the town of Stagira in Thrace. He was the son of a physician named Nicomachus. Aristotles’s father died when he was still a child after which he was looked after by Proxenus of Atarneus. At the age of 18 he enrolled in Plato’s Academy. Here he studied under Plato’s tutelage for twenty years up until Plato’s death in 348 B.C. Aristotle’s time at the Plato Academy would have a profound impact on his early work and would be the basis for many of his written pieces. Some years after he was invited by Philip of Macedon to be the tutor of his son Alexander who would later become known as Alexander the great. After his tutoring of Alexander ended he devoted his life to developing a school called the Lyceum. The Lyceum was devoted to the study of nearly every realm of knowledge. Twelve years after

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