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Aristotle Ethical Beliefs 1 Running Head: Aristotle Ethical Beliefs Karen White Aristotle Ethical Beliefs Liberty University
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Aristotle Ethical Beliefs 2 Aristotle Ethical Beliefs What is ethics? ethics is defined as “Ethics is a general term for what is often described as the "science (study) of morality". In philosophy, ethical behavior is that which is "good" or "right." The Western tradition of ethics is sometimes called moral philosophy. This is one part of value theory (axiology) – the other part is aesthetics – one of the four major branches of philosophy, alongside metaphysics, epistemology, and logic” (Wikipedia, 2006). One of the greatest Greek philosopher and scientist of his time, Aristotle was born in 384 B.C. in a small town in Thrace called Stagira,which is modern day Stavro,located on the northern coast of the Aegean(Ferguson,1972). Nicomachus was Aristotle’s father; he worked as a physician for King Amyntas II of Macedonia and many friends in the royal court (Milch and Patterson, 1999). Some people believe that Nicomachus may have played a big part in Aristotle’s interest in academics and science. According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy at the age of seventeen, after the death of both of his parents his guardian Proxenus sent him to Athens(“Aristotle”). While in Athens, Aristotle met Plato, who became his teacher and a
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Aristotle Ethical Beliefs 3 father figure, at Plato’s Academy(“Aristotle”). Aristotle stayed at the academy for twenty years, working as a teacher at the end of this period to support himself (Milch and Patterson, 1999). There where rumors of personal differences between Plato and Aristotle during his teaching days at Plato’s Academy. It has been suggested that Aristotle was a semibarberian, and that his Greek heritage was of no interest to him, nor was Plato’s philosophy (Ferguson, 1972). Plato called Aristotle “The Mind” and “The Reader” because he was one of the best students in the Academy. Plato died in 348 B.C., many people and Aristotle believed that he would replace Plato as the head of the school, but this was not the case at all. Speusippus, Plato’s nephew, was given the job as head of the school (Milch and Patterson, 1999). After this announcement Aristotle left Athens because he opposed the way Speusippus wanted to run the school and had to personal allegiance to
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