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  • Action Takes Place Tragic Hero
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    Oedipus is a play written by Sophocles that many have heard. Few, however, would not be surprised to discover what Oedipus has discovered at the end of the play, that our tragic hero has killed his own father only to marry his mother. Many ask how this play could be a tragedy? What is the definition of tragedy? Aristotle's The Poetics, is a work in which he tried to define what tragedy was. Aristotle decided that the hero, or at least the main character in a tragedy must be centrally good, but m...
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  • Doctor Faustus The Aristotelian Hero
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    Heroes envelop the idea of a noble person who fights for the rights of the little people. He or she commits a deed that goes above and beyond the call. This type of hero exists in the modern thought, but there also exists another hero, an Aristotelian Hero. This tragic hero starts out in the nobility of society, yet he just like any other man. This hero has but one fault and that fault, hamartia, is a fatal error or flaw that in the end causes the downfall of the hero. This downfall leads to a c...
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  • God Does Not Exist Existence Of God
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    St. Thomas Aquinas: Proofs of Gods existence. Aquinas says that Gods essence (feeling) is his existence. That there is no Actual need for proof of his existence. Before he actually developed his Proofs Aquinas tried to show that such proofs are not useless, since the Idea of Gods existence is not, a probable idea-that God exists. Because Of this fact he states that every man has a natural knowledge (that which he is born with. ) of God such as: he has some ideas of happiness (since he wants/ des...
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  • Century Bc Early Greek
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    Metaphysics All men by nature desire to know (p. 51). So does Aristotle begin The Metaphysics, a book, or rather a collection of lectures. It is the book of the greatest importance for an understanding of the philosophy of Aristotle, and has had a tremendous influence on the European thought. The word Metaphysics derives from the Greek meta ta physical (after the things of nature). In medieval and modern philosophy metaphysics has also been taken to mean the study of things transcending nature. ...
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  • Simon And Schuster Unmoved Mover
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    ... rse He believed that there are large, but calculable number of things that for the most part belong to classes, for example, plant and animal species. In most cases the individual members of these classes are born and die, but the classes themselves do not change. The main questions What is being? and What is an individual? became the prime focus of Aristotle. A horse, a man, a house are classified as such, and an individual, is this the distinguishing feature of his / hers classification. A...
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  • Scientific Method Three Parts
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    Aristotle, Galileo, and Pasteur can be said to have contributed significantly, each in his own way, to the development of "The Scientific Method. " Discuss. What is the scientific method? In general, this method has three parts, which we might call (1) gathering evidence, (2) making a hypothesis, and (3) testing the hypothesis. As scientific methodology is practiced, all three parts are used together at all stages, and therefore no theory, however rigorously tested, is ever final, but remains at...
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  • Lear And Gloucester King Lear
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    In William Shakespeare's King Lear, the similar events that Lear and Gloucester experience result in a parallel plot sequence for the story. Lear and Gloucester are similar characters because they are experiencing similar problems while playing the role of a father. Their children also have a similar eagerness for power, a problem that both Lear and Gloucester should not have to deal with while addressing serious mental and physical dilemmas. And although the two characters are very similar, the...
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  • Avenge His Father Death Hamlet Prince Of Denmark
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    For several thousands of years, drama has existed among mankind. The ancient Greeks are accredited with the creation of drama, which began as simple religious rituals and eventually evolved into the more complex forms of tragedies and comedies. The first rules of drama, not surprisingly, were also written by a Greek -- the famous philosopher and intellectual, Aristotle. Aristotle took note of the what qualities created a successful dramatic piece by observing a plethora of plays written by diffe...
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  • Oedipus Rex Classic Tragic Hero
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    In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus is a classic tragic hero. According to Aristotle's definition, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is a king whose life falls apart when he finds out his life story. There are a number of characteristics described by Aristotle that identify a tragic hero. For example, a tragic hero must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness. Oedipus is in love with h...
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  • Beginning Of The Play Lady Macbeth
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    William Shakespeare is the noted author of a vast array of plays, ranging from comedies to histories to tragedies. Perhaps one of his most famous in the tragedy genre is Macbeth. Though Shakespeare can be considered as a scholar in the sense that he was both a renowned and prolific playwright, look back a few hundred years to find Aristotle, one of the most famous scholars and philosophers of all time. In his treatise titled Poetics, he defends poetry against criticism as well as sets standards ...
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  • Tragedy And The Common Man
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    In Arthur Millers 1949 essay, "Tragedy and the Common Man, " Miller began by saying, "In this age few tragedies are written. " This particular essay was published in the New York Times, was also the preface that was prepared for "Death of a Salesman" in 1949. Before Millers "Death of a Salesman, " there was only one type of tragedy that which fit Aristotle's definition. For Aristotle, plays of tragedy had to revolve around kings, gods, or people of high class. In these classic tragedies, the dic...
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  • Flaw In His Character King Of England
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    Edward II plantagenet King of England, Whose incompetence and distaste for government finally led to His deposition and murder. The Elizabethan drama, Christopher Marlowe's, Edward the Second is, according to Aristotle's definition of the word, a tragedy. That is to say it concerns the fall of a great man because of a mistake he has made or a flaw in his character. During this essay I will demonstrate how this definition of tragedy applies to Edward II. Edward II was king of England, and reigned...
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  • Why Macbeth Is An Aristotelian Tragedy
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    Shakespeare's Macbeth is an exemplary form of Aristotle's definition of tragedy. Macbeth, on par with Oedipus and Medea, begins the play on a noble pedestal, but, before the eyes of the viewers, loses the battle with his destiny, and degrades from a hero to a butcher by its denouement. This is not all there is to Macbeth, however. Aristotle took the concept of tragedy very seriously, and, in order to be tragic by his standards, something would have to fulfill numerous goals, stay within certain ...
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  • Body And Soul Aristotle States
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    ... e state will posses prudence, moderation, and justice, and above all to rule and be ruled. His belief contradicts Plato theory of one controlling class, governing the political matters and decisions that affect the state. The Theory of Democracy that Aristotle states is that democracy is a perversion form of government of polity (Class Notes). He clearly states, The people at large should be sovereign rather than the few best. Plato on the other hand, would not permit citizens to engage in p...
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  • Life According To Reason Life In Accordance Man
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    Aristotle is often thought of as the best philosopher who ever existed. He was the first notable philosopher to say that the world we see is reality, and that the best way to live in this world is through the use of reason. In the course of Politics Aristotle condemns selfishness, believing it an unhealthy extreme of self-interest. Aristotle says life according to reason is best and pleasantest, since reason more than anything else is man. This life therefore is also the happiest. He then mentio...
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  • Ethical Conduct Moral Education
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    ... to a conception of its object as something pleasant; in this sense both have their "reasons. " 20 These "reasons, " of course, are very low-level. They are primitive, Burnyeat tells us, because they do not invariably or immediately lose efficacy in the face of contrary considerations. They are, in short, "pockets" of thought that remain relatively unaffected by our overall view of things. Thus, while appetite and instinct may be evaluations, they do not signify logical or analytical reasonin...
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  • View On Ethics And Virtue
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    Aristotle's View On Ethics And Virtue Aristotle believes that human beings have three parts to their psychologies, what he calls three souls: the vegetative soul (that unconscious part that takes care of autonomic functions such as digestion and circulation), the animal soul (that conscious part that feels emotions, desires, and appetites) the rational soul (that part that thinks, evaluates, judges, forms beliefs, etc. ). Of these, the animal and rational souls may both exhibit excellent rationa...
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  • Driving Force Aristotle States
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    Aristotle and the Soul In order to understand Aristotle's soul I want to organize this essay in following way: What meaning Aristotle entailed in the word soul? Is soul capable to motion? How soul and body are related? What parts of soul are distinguished by Aristotle? What soul is capable of and what is entelecheia? What meaning Aristotle entailed in the word soul? In his works Aristotle first of all tries to define to what kind of existing soul belongs to and what is this? He tries to define w...
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  • Plato And Aristotle Plato Aristotle
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    Teachings of Plato and Aristotle The philosopher Plato was the first to state about uniform, circular, completely correct movement of celestial bodies. In his works we meet for the first time the planets named after the gods completely conterminous with Babylon. Plato was the first to formulate a problem for mathematicians: to find by means of what uniform and correct circular movements it is possible to rescue the phenomena represented by planets. In other words, Plato gave a task to construct ...
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  • Checks And Balances Forms Of Government
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    Aristotle on Democracy A democracy is a government for the people. It is an establishment to which the people of that nation are the people who run that nation. There is no line of fate that puts a person or persons in power but a poll of citizens that determine who shall lead them. There is a set of checks and balances to ensure that no one person may have total control of that government. Aristotle once wrote, Of forms of democracy first comes that which is said to be based strictly on equalit...
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