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50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from 50 Key Books by Tom Butler-Bowdon

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In similar vein

Hannah Arendt The Human Condition (p 16)Epicurus Letters (p 98)Plato The Republic (p 232)Bertrand Russell The Conquest of Happiness (p 254)

CHAPTER 2Aristotle

So great was his perceived authority on a range of subjects, from physics to psychology to biology, that throughout the Middle Ages Aristotle was known simply as “the philosopher.” Dante called him the “master of those who know.” Aristotle was a crucial influence on Thomas Aquinas and also Islamic philosophers such as Averroes.

Aristotle’s rigor and relentless quest to categorize everything have had a massive impact on philosophical and scientific thinking over the last 2,000 years, instituting a very rational, right-brain way of seeing that is the essence of Western civilization. ...

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