At Assos Hermeias had succeeded in forming his own intellectual circle consisting largely of former

At Assos Hermeias had succeeded in forming his own intellectual circle consisting largely of former

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At Assos Hermeias had succeeded in forming his own intellectual circle consisting  largely of former Academy members. Thus Aristotle was able to retreat to another  flourishing intellectual domain, and around this time he began to formulate ideas that  would be extrapolated in his  Politics.  He also wrote the now lost work  On Kingship,  in  which he stresses that not only is it unnecessary for a king to be a philosopher, which  Plato concurred with, but that it is undesirable for a king to be one. Rather, a king should  turn the wisdom of true philosophers into good deeds, allowing the philosopher to  remain independent. 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 
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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.

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