Unformatted text preview: Aristotle spent about three years in Assos before moving to the nearby island of Lesbos. Settling in the capital city of Mytilene, he shifted the focus of his research to biology. At that time biology as a science was looked down upon and not given much serious attention. Thus Aristotle felt obliged to justify his attention. To do so, he used an innovative teleological approach. Such an approach involves the determination of the natural ends of things, and in the case of biology, the ends of plants and animals. Teleology would provide the basis for many of Aristotle's treatises in other areas, including politics and ethics. More will be said of his biology in a later section. In 343 B.C., Aristotle was invited by Philip of Macedonia to tutor his son, Alexander. At this time Aristotle was far from the acclaimed intellectual leader of Greece, and Philip's...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08