Aristotle: Philosopher and Scientist

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Aristotle is one of the most important thinkers to have ever lived. Over the course of his life, he studied and wrote about every possible field of knowledge. Despite working without the benefit of modern tools like the telescope or microscope, Aristotle's work still laid the foundation for nearly all later developments in Western science. If he could not understand something, he did not fall back on explaining it as the work of gods, demons, or spirits. Aristotle looked for answers by making observations, by ...
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Overview

Aristotle is one of the most important thinkers to have ever lived. Over the course of his life, he studied and wrote about every possible field of knowledge. Despite working without the benefit of modern tools like the telescope or microscope, Aristotle's work still laid the foundation for nearly all later developments in Western science. If he could not understand something, he did not fall back on explaining it as the work of gods, demons, or spirits. Aristotle looked for answers by making observations, by collecting data, and by reasoning. In addition to his work in science, Aristotle contributed a great deal to our ideas about art, literature, ethics, and theology. Aristotle's influence is so deep, in fact, that many of his ideas have been absorbed into the very language of science and philosophy. Without question, this marks Aristotle as one of the most significant minds in all of history.
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Gr 5-8-After opening with an overview of the time during which Aristotle lived, the authors discuss his childhood, his student days at the Academy in Athens, his tutoring of Alexander, and his founding of the Lyceum. The bulk of the text focuses on Aristotle's contributions to philosophy and science, including his interest in zoology and the classification of animals, the development of the field of logic, his writings on ethics and dramatic tragedy, and his interest in physics and metaphysics. The text is clear and concise, if somewhat dry. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions appear throughout, and several activities extend the understanding of Aristotle's ideas. This easy-to-understand offering will prove useful for reports.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766020962
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Great Minds of Science Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Living in Interesting Times 5
2 Aristotle's Childhood 15
3 Athens, the City of Wonder 21
4 The Academy 28
5 A New Direction 37
6 The Father of Zoology 44
7 Alexander 53
8 The Lyceum 59
9 "A Desire for Knowledge" 66
10 The End of the Road 74
11 His Writings Live On 81
12 Aristotle's Influence 88
Activities 95
Chronology 102
Chapter Notes 103
Glossary 108
Further Reading and Internet Addresses 110
Index 111
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