This is an essay on the life of Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers in greek history.

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Aristotle was not only a mathematician, but also made important contributions by organizing deductive logic. He believed that logic was not a science but rather had to be treated before the study of every branch of knowledge. Aristotle's name for logic was "analytics". This great achiever wrote on the many subjects of zoology, psychology, metaphysics, philosophy, astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, and geography.

Aristotle was born in Stagirus around 384 BC on the peninsula of northern Greece. His father was a medical doctor, and there is little doubt that Aristole's father would have wanted him to become a doctor, for the tradition was that their medical skills were kept secret and handed down from father to son. Back then, people in Greece did not visit a doctor, it was the doctors who traveled round the country tending to the sick, which means Aristotle most likely was traveling around with his dad.

His father had so much success that soon he was appointed the personal physician to Amyntas III, king of Macedonia.

When Aristotle was ten years old, his father died, and since his mother also died when he was young, a guardian, Proxenas, brought up Aristotle. This man taught him Greek, rhetoric, and poetry, which helped Aristotle greatly later on in life.

In 367 BC, at the age of seventeen, Aristole was sent to Plato's Academy in Athens. However, Plato was not running the school at this time, instead many other great teachers were running the school. After Aristole finished school, he became a teacher at the academy, and taught mainly rhetoric and dialect. He stayed at the school for twenty years, and near the end of that, it became difficult to educate because of the political issues that were going on so he left.

After leaving the school, he traveled...