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Unformatted text preview: At the age of eighteen, Aristotle entered Plato's Academy and soon became the undisputed top student. He spent about twenty years there. Though Aristotle criticized many of Plato's theories, he was always careful to acknowledge his debt to his former master and stress the common ground that they shared. As much as he did depart from Plato's thought, the teacher's presence always bore some mark on the student's work. When Plato died in 347 B.C., Aristotle left Athens and spent some years traveling, taking part in various intellectual circles at Assos and Lesbos. At Lesbos he began conducting his biological research, while his prior work had been concerned primarily with metaphysics and politics, in the form of responses to or even expositions of Plato's ideas. In 343 B.C. he was asked to tutor Philip's son, the future Alexander the Great. He ideas....
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- Fall '08