PHL100Y1 Lecture Notes - Nicomachean Ethics, Descriptive Ethics, Summum Bonum

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5 Feb 2013
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Plato founded the academy where you could go and study plato"s works. When aristotle was 16 or 17, he came to athens to study at plato"s academy and stayed there for 20 years. Around 348 when plato died, aristotle left the academy and traveled to. Macedonia to act as tutor to king philip"s son alexander, who then conquered most of the world. Aristotle set up his own institution, but he couldn"t own property in athens because he wasn"t greek. When alexander the great died, there was much anti-macedonian sentiment going around. Aristotle fled the city and died shortly thereafter. Aristotle had his own mini-university as did plato; important because of a distinction between kinds of writings: esoteric and exoteric. Exoteric: things that were meant to circulate wildly and in some sense were popular works; meant for general consumption. Esoteric: meant for internal studies that were meant for people within the school; technical and unappealing to the general public.

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