Unformatted text preview: Aristotle was born at a time when Greek learning was at its height, and perhaps he himself was the culmination. There were important scientists, mathematicians, and thinkers before and after him, but the two greatest intellectuals produced by the Greek civilization were Plato and Aristotle. Plato was about forty- five years older than Aristotle, and thus Plato served as Aristotle's mentor. But, by the time Aristotle entered the Academy at the age of eighteen, it was no longer a thriving place full of youthful enthusiasm. Works such as the Republic, Phaedo, and the Symposium had already reached the status of revered classics, though they were not above criticism. The Academy was still the center for learning, of course, but the Socratic spirit had died down. This shift was reflected in Plato's later dialogues, which consisted of much more down....
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- Fall '08