CHAPTER7

Aristotle

In This Chapter

  • Aristotle’s view of change
  • Aristotle’s view of the soul
  • The logic of how things happen
  • Why we should act in moderation

Throughout the Middle Ages and into the early modern period, Aristotle was referred to simply as “the philosopher,” the most respected authority on almost everything. He wrote on all sorts of subjects, including ethics, politics, physics, metaphysics, psychology, biology, logic, and even literary criticism.

Aristotle’s broad scope has a lot to do with his continued importance throughout history. He had something to say about almost everything, so those who came later naturally looked back ...

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