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Aristotle was a famous Greek philosopher and scientist that lived from 384 to 322 BC He is ranked with Socrates and Plato to be one of the most famous philosophers Aristotle was born at Stagira in Macedonia as the son of a physician to the royal court At the age of 17 he went to Athens to study at Platos Academy He remained there for about 20 years as a student and then as a teacher When Plato dies in 347 BC Aristotle moved to Assos where a friend of his Hermais was rulerThere he counseled Hermais and married his niece Pythias After Hermais was captured and executed by the Persians in 345 BC Aristotle went to Pella the capital of Macedonia and became the tutor of the kings young son Alexander later known as Alexander the Great In 335 when Alexander became king Aristotle returned to Athens and established his own school the Lyceum Because much of the teaching and discussions took place while teachers and students were walking the Lyceum grounds Aristotles school became known as the Peripatetic walking or strolling school Upon the death of Alexander in 323 BC strong feelings against the Macedonians began to arise in Athens so Aristotle moved to a family estate in Euboea where he died there the following year Apart from a few fragments in the work of later writers Aristotles works have been lost Aristotle also wrote some short technical notes such as a dictionary of philosophic terms and a summary of doctrines of Pythagoras Of these only a few excerpts have been recovered Still existent are Aristotles lecture notes for carefully outlines courses dealing with almost every branch of knowledge and art These are what Aristotles reputation as the great philosopher is largely rested upon Among the notes that Aristotle wrote are treatises on logic called Organon instrument because they provide the ways that positive knowledge is to be attained His works
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