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  • Plato and Aristotle

    Plato and Aristotle

    Plato describes a cave where people are chained up and can only see shadows cast on a wall. He parallels these shadows to the things that people see in the world around them, the materialistic reality that most people base their lives on. He parallels the chains to norms, customs, traditions, habits, etc. Plato believes that because people are so preoccupied with these shadows of the truth, they ignore the real truth. He parallels these

    Essay Length: 1,916 Words / 8 Pages
    Submitted: February 5, 2010 By: David
  • Aristotle


    People for the most part, are social beings who fill their lives with other people and name them friends. More often than not, we are always trying (or willing) to add new people to our group of friends. Books VIII and IX of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics focus exclusively on the issue of friendship. Aristotle understood the importance of friendship. Today friendship is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "one joined to another in intimacy

    Essay Length: 1,323 Words / 6 Pages
    Submitted: February 6, 2010 By: Anna
  • Aristotle


    ARISTOTILE, ARISTOTLE. Aristotle of Stagira, 384-322 B.C., was the son of Nicomachus, physician to Amyntas II, king of Macedonia. He was Plato's pupil from 367 until Plato's death in 347 B.C. In that year Philip destroyed Stagira, and in 342 he invited Aristotle to Macedonia to become Alexander's tutor. When Alexander started out for Persia in 335, Aristotle returned to Athens, where he opened a school of philosophy and natural sciences. He was charged with

    Essay Length: 1,071 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: February 11, 2010 By: Tasha
  • Aristotle and the Irony of Guilt

    Aristotle and the Irony of Guilt

    Aristotle : The Irony of Guilt The foundation upon which Aristotle rests his fundamental element of anagnorisis, in the Greek Tragedy, seems to always come back to human guilt, and the chosen actions by the hero forms the consequences of that guilt, which thereby determines the resolution. This sets an empathetic hook between audience and hero. It is the emotion that sets forth every action that will determine the hero's endgame. Aristotle, in his

    Essay Length: 740 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: February 17, 2010 By: Monika
  • Plato Vs. Aristotle

    Plato Vs. Aristotle

    Plato vs. Aristotle Socrates developed many theories in regards with the political issues. He passes these onto Plato and from Plato to Aristotle. Each time these political issues were passed on they changed. Plato and Aristotle lived in the fourth century, BCE. They were both great thinkers in regard to philosophy and both had wonderful views. They both had different views on politics and philosophy. Plato supports the higher forms (Gods) and Aristotle supports the

    Essay Length: 1,085 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: March 5, 2010 By: Venidikt
  • Aristotle and Nicomachean Ethics

    Aristotle and Nicomachean Ethics

    Aristotle provides the teleological approach of how to live well in his collection of lectures, Nicomachean Ethics. In Book II of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle presents his definition of virtue in which it is "a kind of mean" (N.E. 129). According to Aristotle, moral virtue is a means to an end, happiness. By using Sophocles's Antigone, I will support Aristotle's theory of virtue in which he reasons it to be a state of character between two

    Essay Length: 962 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: March 6, 2010 By: Victor
  • Aristotle


    Aristotle is one of the famous philosophers in ancient Greek philosophy, along with Plato and Socrates. Aristotle was born in the small Greek town of Stagiros in the northern Greek district of Chalcidice. Influenced by his father, the physician Nicomachus, Aristotle developed an early interest in science. Aristotle spent nearly 20 years at Plato's Academy, first as a student and then as a teacher. As a student of Plato he formed a love of philosophy

    Essay Length: 470 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: March 12, 2010 By: Mike
  • Aristotle and Epicurus

    Aristotle and Epicurus

    According to Aristotle, the highest virtue of man is reason. He believes reason is what separates us from other living beings. Without reason, we would be no different than animals living on instinct. To understand exactly what he means, we must understand how Aristotle defines virtue. Virtue, according to Aristotle, is the excellence of function. Everything has a specific function and performing that function with excellence leads to having virtue. He believes the unique human

    Essay Length: 612 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: March 19, 2010 By: Stenly
  • Comparison on Friendship Between Aristotle, Epicurus and Martin Luther King Jr.

    Comparison on Friendship Between Aristotle, Epicurus and Martin Luther King Jr.

    Friendship is a special relationship a person can have with any number of acquaintances. It is a fortuitous happenstance that occurs in varying levels of intensity between two people. Aristotle and Epicurus believe friendship is a rare commodity as friendship is a treasured bond of trust that has been proven throughout trials which create and strengthen those bonds. However Martin Luther King Jr. believes that everybody should treat everybody and anybody in a neighbourly fashion,

    Essay Length: 2,552 Words / 11 Pages
    Submitted: March 23, 2010 By: Mike
  • Hamlet Analyzed in Terms of Aristotle's Poetics

    Hamlet Analyzed in Terms of Aristotle's Poetics

    English 106 4 December 1996 Hamlet Analyzed in Terms of Aristotle's Poetics Aristotle’s Poetics is considered the guide to a well written tragedy; his methods have been used for centuries. In Aristotle’s opinion, plot is the most important aspect of the tragedy, all other parts such as character, diction, and thought stem from the plot. Aristotle defines a tragedy as “…an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude;

    Essay Length: 989 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: March 25, 2010 By: Victor
  • Plato and Aristotle: Dispute on the Good

    Plato and Aristotle: Dispute on the Good

    Plato sees the Good as the ultimate form of being. In his book, The Republic, he goes into great detail about what exactly the Good is, as well as making analogies to build upon his theory of the metaphysical form of knowledge that everyone desires to achieve, which will allow them to reach the Good. He holds achieving the Good as a sort of nirvana, which all philosopher-kings, among anyone else, want to achieve. In

    Essay Length: 722 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: March 27, 2010 By: July
  • Aristotle's and Modern Thought

    Aristotle's and Modern Thought

    Aristotle's and Modern Thought Aristotle's thoughts of ethics conclude that all humans must have a purpose in life in order to be happy. I believe that some of the basics of his ideas still hold true today. This essay points out some of those ideas. It was Aristotle's belief that everything, including humans, had a telos or goal in life. The end result or goal was said to be happiness or "eudaimonia". He explained that

    Essay Length: 605 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: April 2, 2010 By: Kevin
  • Aristotle’s View on the Polis

    Aristotle’s View on the Polis

    Aristotle is known for his ideas and beliefs in Nichomachean Ethics. Aristotle sates the individual should be thought of and taking care of first. If we are to take care of the few individuals, then the whole society should be taking care of. Aristotle uses politics and ethics together to explain the good life. People generally disagree as to the nature and conditions of happiness. Some people believe that happiness is wealth, honor, pleasure, or

    Essay Length: 1,196 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: April 2, 2010 By: Yan
  • Differences Between Aristotle's Rhetoric and Ancient Chinese Rhetoric

    Differences Between Aristotle's Rhetoric and Ancient Chinese Rhetoric

    Differences between AristotleЎЇs Rhetoric and Ancient Chinese Rhetoric Theories develop and evolve in particular cultural contexts. When I finish reading AristotleЎЇs Rhetoric, I began to think about the rhetoric in ancient China. Since I grew up in a typical eastern culture, according to my understanding towards both cultures, there are similarities and differences existing between AristotleЎЇs rhetoric and ancient Chinese rhetoric. IЎЇll give a general analysis of those differences in terms of morphology of theory,

    Essay Length: 633 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: April 5, 2010 By: Mike
  • Aristotle’s Poetics

    Aristotle’s Poetics

    Aristotle’s Poetics is not one of his major works, although it has exercised a great deal of influence upon subsequent literary studies and criticism. In this work Aristotle outlines and discusses many basic elements that an author should adhere to in order to write a great tragedies and/or poetry. Two important topics that Aristotle addresses and believes to be crucial to the art work is the mimesis, or imitation of life, and that the audience

    Essay Length: 686 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: April 7, 2010 By: Max
  • Aristotle


    Aristotle was born in 384 BCE. at Stagirus, a Greek colony and seaport on the coast of Thrace. His father Nichomachus was court physician to King Amyntas of Macedonia, and from this began Aristotle's long association with the Macedonian Court, which considerably influenced his life. While he was still a boy his father died. At age 17 his guardian, Proxenus, sent him to Athens, the intellectual center of the world, to complete his education. He

    Essay Length: 1,959 Words / 8 Pages
    Submitted: April 7, 2010 By: Monika
  • Metaphysics : Plato Vs. Aristotle

    Metaphysics : Plato Vs. Aristotle

    What is real? Am I really alive? Is this really reality? These are just some of the questions metaphysics attempts to answer, as metaphysics is defined as "the branch of philosophy investigating what is really real" (Mitchell 24). Plato and Aristotle both had brilliant minds each in their own rights. They attempted to answer the questions of metaphysics, although, they both had different concepts of reality, this despite the fact that Aristotle studied under the

    Essay Length: 782 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: April 10, 2010 By: Vika
  • Aristotle


    Politics of Plato and Aristotle To compare the political theories of two great philosophers of politics is to first examine each theory in depth. Plato is regarded by many experts as the first writer of political philosophy, and Aristotle is recognized as the first political scientist. These two men were great thinkers. They each had ideas of how to improve existing societies during their individual lifetimes. It is necessary to look at several areas of

    Essay Length: 722 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: April 14, 2010 By: Steve
  • The Mind: Aristotle Kant and Socrates

    The Mind: Aristotle Kant and Socrates

    Daniel C. Dennet said in A Glorious Accident that, "our minds--if you like-- [are] just as real as our dreams"(Kayzer, 37). The implications of this statement are substantial, for if this is true--if our minds and our consciousness are just dreams or the constructs of our brain, what we perceive, our memories, and our sense of reality are nothing more than illusions. Not only is this scientifically a valid statement, but it forces us to

    Essay Length: 2,327 Words / 10 Pages
    Submitted: April 25, 2010 By: Jon
  • Aristotle’s Moral Theory

    Aristotle’s Moral Theory

    In this paper, I will examine Aristotle's understanding of virtue and his explanation of virtuous actions as presented in Nicomachean Ethics. In Book II of the work, Aristotle distinguishes between moral virtues, which are learned through habit and practice, and intellectual virtues, which are learned through instruction. However, it is not until later in Book II that Aristotle actually defines virtue. He opens Chapter 5 with, "Next we must consider what virtue is" (35) and

    Essay Length: 593 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: April 26, 2010 By: Stenly
  • Machiavelli Aristotle Comparison

    Machiavelli Aristotle Comparison

    Machiavelli and Aristotle's writings on man, The Prince and Nichomachean Ethics respectively, and the management thereof contain divergent ideas of how man should act and reason. They have a similar view of the end: greatness, but the means which the two philosophers describe are distinctly different. Machiavelli writes about man as mainly concerned with power and self-assertion, while Aristotle desires a society of individuals, of honorable men. An excess of the power seeking Machiavellians and

    Essay Length: 913 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: April 28, 2010 By: Jack
  • Ibsen’s Ghosts Vs.Aristotle’s Poetics

    Ibsen’s Ghosts Vs.Aristotle’s Poetics

    Ibsen's Ghosts, although a relatively modern drama, maintains many classical elements of tragedy as defined by Aristotle and championed by the ancient Greek playwrights and poets. One element of displayed prominently in this case is character. Aristotle believed that there were four main elements to a good tragic hero: 1) the character must be good, 2) decorum, 3) the character must be true to life, and 4) constancy within the characters demeanor and actions. The

    Essay Length: 276 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: May 1, 2010 By: Steve
  • The Politics of Aristotle and Plato

    The Politics of Aristotle and Plato

    Philosophy truly began from the two ground-breaking philosophers whom we have come to learn and teach about, Aristotle and Plato. Based on their genius thoughts and ideas, they alone have sculpted the minds of millions of philosophers since their day and age. In addition, the "Politics" that are at subject were the widespread thought of Aristotle and Plate which have been written out. An example of their Politics included the matters of a state, such

    Essay Length: 437 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: May 1, 2010 By: Mikki
  • Aristotle and Friendship

    Aristotle and Friendship

    Aristotle and Friendship According to Aristotle, there are three kinds of friendship based on three kinds of love that unite people. Aristotle defines friendship through the word, philia. Philia is the emotional bond between human beings which provides the basis for all forms of social organizations, common effort, and personal relationships between people. The three kinds of friendship Aristotle explains are utility, pleasure, and complete friendship. Friendship based on mutual utility is the kind of

    Essay Length: 592 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: May 7, 2010 By: Venidikt
  • Aristotle’s Views on Education

    Aristotle’s Views on Education

    Who am I? I am a mathematician so therefore my expertise is in algebra, calculus, geometry and trigonometry. I am not versed in economics, politics and astronomy therefore my opinions of these are foolish. And I quote now each man judges well the things he knows and of these he is a good judge. And so the man who has been educated in a subject is a good judge of that subject, and a man

    Essay Length: 538 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: May 9, 2010 By: Mikki

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