Aristotle

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About the book

Who the Hell is Aristotle? brings this Ancient Greek philosopher and polymath to life, tracing his influences and presenting his teachings in an engaging and easy-to-understand way. His works contain the earliest known formal study of logic, and his theory of knowledge – in all its forms – has influenced thinkers for centuries. He remains one of the most studied philosophers in contemporary discussion.

Chapter 1: Aristotle's Life Story

Chapter 2: Influences on Aristotle's Thinking

Chapter 3: The Fundamental Nature of Things
This chapter looks at Aristotle's treatise on Physics and his conception of Nature as notions of movement, causation, place and time.

Chapter 4: Virtue and Ethics
Delving into Aristotle's philosophy of Virtue Ethics, this chapter looks at how, by practising bravery, honesty, generosity and morally good behaviour, man will be more likely to make the right choice when faced with an ethical challenge.

Chapter 5: Rhetoric and Poetics
This chapter covers Aristotle's theory on Rhetoric, of which the basic principles consist of ethos, pathos and logos. It then goes on to look at his thoughts on poetry in all its forms, as he reveals its great philosophical value.

Chapter 6: The Soul 
The final chapter looks at Aristotle's theory of Soul. He believes this to be a particular kind of nature, the basis of which accounts for change and rest.

About the author

Amanda Forshaw is head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at a north London Sixth Form College as well as a senior examiner on the Philsophy A level. She has spent the last 10 years, alongside teaching, writing revision guides and course material for Hodder Education. She is passionate about philosophy, political philosophy and social contract theory. Amanda lives in Cumbria, England.