Ten fun facts about Aristotle


Fact 1
At eighteen, he joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven (c. 347 BCE).

Fact 2
His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government.

Fact 3
He constituted the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy.


Fact 4
Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great between 356 and 323 BCE.

Fact 5
According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, “Aristotle was the first genuine scientist in history. ... Every scientist is in his debt.”

Fact 6
Some of Aristotle's zoological observations were not confirmed or refuted until the 19th century.

Fact 7
His works contain the earliest known formal study of logic, which was incorporated in the late 19th century into modern formal logic.

Fact 8
In metaphysics, Aristotelianism profoundly influenced Judeo-Islamic philosophical and theological thought during the Middle Ages and continues to influence Christian theology, especially the scholastic tradition of the Catholic Church. Aristotle was well known among medieval Muslim intellectuals and revered as “The First Teacher”.

Fact 9
He established a library in the Lyceum which aided in the production of many of his hundreds of books.

Fact 10
Aristotle's views on physical science profoundly shaped medieval scholarship.


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Aristotle was a Greek philosopher born in Stagirus, northern Greece, in 384 BCE

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