Aristotle’s Impact On Literacy and The Modern World

Aristotle was a philosopher, educator, scientist, writer, and other things. He has contributed greatly to multiple subjects such as physics, biology, psychology, meteorology, and especially the social sciences and humanities. Literacy was easily shifted and altered with all the works Aristotle provided to the public. Education was something he was indescribably passionate about and influenced greatly. Aristotle was and is still important because of all the contributions and developments that were made by him. (Amadio, A & Kenny, A, 2018)


384 BC, Ancient Greece, Aristotle came into the world. His father, Nicomachus, a physician, passed away in Aristotle’s youth. It is believed his mother, Phaestis passed away when he was young as well. Once Aristotle became a young adult (17 or 18 years old) it was decided he would relocate to Athens to continue his education at Plato’s Academy.While at Plato’s academy, Plato and himself sustained a relationship as a colleague for approximately 2 decades. After Plato died, Aristotle would not take over the academy due to personal philosophical differences to Plato. He left Athens and went to Mysia since he did not feel he was needed any further. Not long after he left, he tutored Alexander the Great in 343 BC. Lyceum, is the school that he established in 335 BC when he returned back to Athens. Aristotle spent the majority of his adult life involved in learning, teaching, and studying. He died in the year 322 BC in Greece. (, 2017)


Aristotle’s impact on literacy was significant. He had writings like poetics, metaphysics, and politics, which were strong, notable, and set a basis and foundation for those subjects and literature. His school would directly influence literacy by starting with children and adolescents which shaped not only their experiences and knowledge but their descendants as well. Education was very important to him and he made it known through contributing as much as he did. He would encourage interaction and activities when learning. Going to look at animals and other life for a biology class is something Aristotle would see as positive since you are learning hands on. (Mark J, 2009)


The studying of the living and physical world was largely appealing to Aristotle. There may be a multitude of sciences, but he tried to cover as many as he could. Experiments would often be conducted to further what was known to him on sciences. Whether it was Physics, Biology, or another science; Aristotle would try to influence and contribute to make better subjects for the generations to come.For example, Aristotle tried to prove that living organisms could arise from nonliving matter. Even though he was very wrong, he was trying which initiated discussion and further research. Some of the prominent essential works of his, are about things like psychology, physics, and then some humanities or social science topics. (, 2015)


Aristotle’s influence has travelled a substantial distance and time. Some of what he said back then still applies to today’s education. He tremendously expanded the knowledge of the subjects he took interest in. Throughout his life he made many great contributions ranging in subjects. I know that even now all this time later I still hear about Aristotle in my science classes, as he is a mentionable figure in the beginning of some sciences, and in English and social studies classes. He shaped the way we teach/are taught, and changed how some people perceive education. With all the works he wrote, and contributions he made, Aristotle was bound to become an academic keystone. He may have started in Greece, but his messages and information travelled much farther. Without Aristotle (and the philosophers before him) we could be in a vastly different place today in terms of education and information.



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