25 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Aristotle

It’s pretty possible that you’ve heard at least one of the following “immortal” quotes at some point during your life: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness,” “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence,” “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives—choice, not chance, determines your destiny,” and “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.”

The common thread among the quotations above is that they all came from one of the most influential human beings who walked the planet: Aristotle. Along with Socrates and Plato, Aristotle is widely considered one of the greatest philosophers and thinkers who ever lived, and his impact on science and philosophical thought continues to this day, almost 2,400 years after his death. In case you don’t know some of the facts that make Aristotle such an influential person in human history, here follows a list of 25 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Aristotle that won’t fail to enlighten you.

25

He was born in 384 BCE in Stagira, a small city in ancient Macedonia on the northern periphery of Greece.

Ancient Macedonia, GreeceSource: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Image: Wikipedia
24

He came from a well-respected and wealthy family. His father was a doctor and the personal physician to King Amyntas of Macedon.

ancient Greek coinsSource: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Image: Wikipedia

23

Aristotle was married to Pythias, one of the few female biologists and embryologists of her time. She bore Aristotle a daughter, whom they also named Pythias.

AristotleSource: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Image: Wikipedia
22

When his wife, Pythias, died, Aristotle became involved with her slave Herpyllis; with her he had a son.

artistotleSource: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Image: Wikipedia

21

He named his son Nicomachus after his father, but unfortunately Nicomachus died in battle when he was still young. The Nicomachean Ethics, a compilation of Aristotle’s lecture notes, was so named in his honor.

Aristotelian worksSource: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Image: Wikipedia


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