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Aristotle And Plato's Views On Reality

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Aristotle and Plato were both great thinkers but their views on realty were different. Plato viewed realty as taking place in the mind but Aristotle viewed realty is tangible. Even though Aristotle termed reality as concrete, he stated that reality does not make sense or exist until the mind process it. Therefore truth is dependent upon a person’s mind and external factors.
According to Aristotle, things are seen as taking course and will eventually come to a stop when potential is reached. The entire process of potential to actuality is call causation. Aristotle sees human life as the search for happiness and term happiness as the fulfillment of all potential. We are molded through the decisions we make. I see this as a cycle and the cycle is as follows, causation is from potential to actuality, happiness is a fulfillment of potential and education is to develop, cultivate and exercise each child potential up to adulthood. While reading Aristotle principal of potentiality and the principle of actuality, I am reminded of the time I was looking for a house; a real estate agent took me to a house with the inside burnt out. Nothing was left standing in the house but the four walls. The structure of the house was beautiful. The broker turned to me and said “This house has potential” After examining Aristotle philosophy of reality; I see the prospect or potential of the house as the principle of potentiality and the finish product, if I had chosen to buy and fix up this house, the principle of actuality.
I like Aristotle principle that nature is not a mishap and the happenings of the universe is meaningful and purposeful because such belief goes right along with my religious beliefs. On the premise that everything going on around us is meaning, is Aristotle concept of causation. Aristotle goes a step further by stating that everything is likely to come to an end. The educational benefit is great, because since life is not meaningless, we have the wisdom to make intelligent choices to reach our highest potential. According to Aristotle we all know what happen when we reach our highest potential. It means that we are truly happy.
Almost everyone will agree that the brain is a powerful organ. The mind is capable of many things but Aristotle made efforts to show that the mind is capable of taking information from objects around us that we are conscious of. This is call sensory data. We use our mental power, which is our receptive intellect, to save up information in the form of concepts. This idea is call epistemological. If we look at this theory closely we will see that Aristotle is pointing out that if we learn by using our senses then it is natural that education will follow this pattern. He mentioned that if students examine objects then they should categorized and recognized similar objects. Therefore, by examining a chair, students will be able to tell that all chairs...

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