Influential Past Teachers


Birth Place
Modern Day Thessaloniki, Greece

Foundation of Teaching
Philosophy, Science, Rhetoric, Metaphysics

Example of Teaching
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”

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Aristotle

Aristotle, Greek Aristoteles   (384 bce, Stagira, Chalcidice, Greece – 322, Chalcis, Euboea), ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, one of the greatest intellectual figures of Western history. He was the author of a philosophical and scientific system that became the framework and vehicle for both Christian Scholasticism and medieval Islamic philosophy. Even after the intellectual revolutions of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment, Aristotelian concepts remained embedded in Western thinking.

Aristotle’s intellectual range was vast, covering most of the sciences and many of the arts, including biology, botany, chemistry, ethics, history, logic, metaphysics, rhetoric, philosophy of mind, science, physics, poetics, political theory, psychology, and zoology. He was the founder of formal logic, devising a finished system that for centuries was regarded as the sum of the discipline; and he pioneered the study of zoology, both observational and theoretical, in which some of his work remained unsurpassed until the 19th century. But he was most outstanding as a philosopher. His writings in ethics and political theory as well as in metaphysics and the philosophy of science continue to be studied, and his work remains a powerful current in contemporary philosophical debate.

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Quotes

  1. "A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so."
  2. "A friend is a second self."
  3. "All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire."
  4. "All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind."
  5. "All virtue is summed up in dealing justly."
  6. "Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them."
  7. "Education is the best provision for the journey to old age."
  8. "Happiness depends upon ourselves."
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