Interesting facts about Aristotle

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      365


The world famous ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle was a disciple and mentor of many great minds. Among all the philosophers of his time, he achieved significant influence during his lifetime, and it was he who largely laid the foundations of philosophy. As a man of many talents, Aristotle was interested in many spheres of human life, in many sciences and doctrines, and he always excelled in everything he undertook.

Facts from Aristotle’s biography

  • The great philosopher lived about 2,400 years ago.
  • During his lifetime, Aristotle was the teacher of many eminent men, including Alexander the Great.
  • Aristotle himself was taught by no less famous Plato, who himself was a student of the famous Socrates. Such is the continuity.
  • Aristotle’s father was the court physician of one of the Macedonian kings.
  • Karl Marx claimed Aristotle was the greatest of all the thinkers of antiquity.
  • Long before Galileo, Aristotle taught that the Earth and the Moon were spherical.
  • Extant passages from Aristotle’s biography state that he moved to Athens when he was 17 and lived there most of his life.

  • About 70% of all Aristotle’s writings and scholarly works have been lost and have not survived to this day.
  • It is Aristotle who is considered the founder of such sciences as logic and psychology.
  • A little known fact: Aristotle was not just a philosopher. He was extremely knowledgeable in astronomy, botany, biology, zoology, and other sciences.
  • He was the first to explain why the same plants bloom better in certain places.
  • Aristotle’s work entitled Poetics is devoted to his reflections on poetry. The great philosopher was probably also a literary critic, one of the first in the world.
  • After the fall of the civilization of ancient Greece, many of Aristotle’s works disappeared. They were preserved mainly thanks to Indian, Persian and Egyptian scholars.
  • He argued the universe had neither end nor beginning.
  • Aristotle, the biologist, divided all animals into those who have red blood and those who do not.
  • Many scientists and historians agree he was the most intelligent man in the history of humanity.
  • No information about Aristotle’s appearance has survived. Some historians mention he was always well-groomed, beautifully dressed and suffered from some speech defects.
  • Aristotle was well versed in meteorology, explaining the origin of lightning, wind and clouds. And he considered earthquakes to result from the effects of “underground winds” .
  • At the school he founded, Aristotle lectured his students not indoors, but in the garden, during his walks.

  • The systematics of the animal world, according to Aristotle, was studied in schools for over 2 thousand years until the 18th century.
  • The philosopher believed that the human thinking center was the heart, and the brain only produced the blood needed to cool it down.
  • Alexander the Great, during his conquests, collected soil samples for Aristotle in various lands through which his armies passed.
  • The famous ancient Egyptian king Ptolemy was also one of Aristotle’s students.
  • The philosopher named his famous collection of lectures “Nicomachean Ethics” after his son Nicomachus, who was killed in battle in his youth.
  • Aristotle considered the search for cause and effect a separate science.
  • Some of his works were intended for other scientists and philosophers, and some were intended for the public, not very educated. Thus, Aristotle was one of the first popularizers of science in history.
  • Aristotle took part in the Olympic Games.
  • It was he who invented the “science of the state,” calling it “politics.
  • Many of Aristotle’s humanitarian works are still in use today.
  • He divided the entire world into four kingdoms - humans, animals, plants and inorganic compounds.