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March 7: Aristotle (d. 322 BCE)

It was on this date, March 7, 322 BCE, that Greek philosopher and student of Plato, Aristotle (Ἀριστοτέλης, Aristotélēs), died in Euboea. Born on an uncertain date in 384 BCE in Stageira, Aristotle studied with Plato until the older philosopher’s death in 347 BCE, when Aristotle may have been 37. Although a student of Plato, it is not correct to group the two. Plato and Aristotle had only one thing in common, and this is rarely revealed in history class: they had very few followers in their time. To his credit, Aristotle rejected the idea of personal immortality and of a personal God and held nature to be eternal: “Men create gods after their own image,” he said. But his condemnation of empirical study not only led Aristotle into error, but institutionalized error for centuries in Christian Europe…

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Originally published March 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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