Essay: Herodotus and Aristotle’s Insight on Human Happiness

Everyone strives toward a place in their life in which they feel satisfied with what they are accomplishing.  Whether people are striving for excellence in academics, finances, morality, etc., they desire to reach a level of success that pleases them.  Most would say that this success defines their happiness in their lives. Throughout the course…

The Human Soul: Thomas Aquinas

In Aristotle’s previous extract, he explained the notion of the soul as a separate entity distinct from the body. This troubled Christian philosophers-theologians for they wanted to re-unite Aristotle’s philosophy with the doctrines of the church. In the “Summa Theologiae” one can see that there are pieces of Aristotelian philosophy like the description of the…

What is a Self? (Aristotle)

Self Affects (affectivity, emotions) Own (property) Perceptions Knowledge Centre (ego, “I”) Aristotle’s Thesis: There is no modern sense of self; rather there is a soul that perceives, thinks, and nourishes. [the soul must be in common, public, and justified] Background to Aristotle (384 – 322 BCE) Macedonia Tutor of Alexander the Great Life separated into…

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

Socrates 470-399 B.C,- NEVER wrote anything Gave philosophy its preeminent method- Socratic method or questioning (form of inquiry and debate between individuals with opposing viewpoints based on asking and answering questions to stimulate rational thinking and to illuminate ideas) Believed knowledge does not come from memorizing facts & repeating them True wisdom comes from being…