Historical Who is Who


384-322 BCE

He was for many year a student at Plato's Academy and later becoming tutor to Alexander the Great. He is renowned as a systematic philosopher who grounded his thinking in empirical observations applied to all aspects of life. His relevance for moral education arises from his emphasis on the practical philosophy which informs ethical and political action. Human well being and flourishing (eudaemonia) results from the cultivation practical wisdom (phronesis), and moral excellence. For Aristotle the moral life is that of the individual as a member of community. The early years curriculum should be one of play rather than set teaching; from 5 -7 years the child will be exposed to older children who can be seen engaged in the discipline of learning which will include reading and writing, gymnastics, music and drawing all liberating for the free individual, but not appropriate for the children of slaves who will engage with more functionally-oriented arts and crafts.

Life and general overview





Nicomachean Ethics  http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.html


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