John Sellars: Aristotle (347 BC)

This week we’re heading back to the fourth century BC to take a look at one of the world’s greatest ever philosophers. Indeed, according to today’s guest, John Sellars, Aristotle may be even more than that. He might well be the single most important human ever to have lived. Aristotle’s philosophical work transformed the people thought about the world around them. During his magnificent career he laid the foundation for science; he pioneered new methods for understanding drama and literature; he founded a new way of thinking about politics, and he invented formal logic. But how did Aristotle do this? How was he shaped by the intellectual culture of Ancient Greece? What did he owe to his famous forebears, Plato and Socrates? In this episode John Sellars engages with these questions as he describes the life of this hugely significant philosopher. John Sellars is a Reader in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London and a Member of Common Room, Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the author of a sleek and stylish new short book, Aristotle: Understanding the World’s Greatest Philosopher. For more, as ever, visit our website: Show notes Scene One: 347 BC. Aristotle leaves Plato’s Academy after twenty years. Scene Two: 344 BC. Aristotle arrives on Lesbos and begins to study animals. Scene Three: 335 BC. Aristotle returns to Athens, founds the Lyceum and embarks on a dizzying array of philosophical work. Memento: A papyrus scroll containing one of Aristotle’s lost dialogues. People/Social Presenter: Peter Moore Guest: John Sellars Production: Maria Nolan Podcast partner: Ace Cultural Tours Theme music: ‘Love Token’ from the album ‘This Is Us’ By Slava and Leonard Grigoryan Follow us on Twitter: @tttpodcast_ See where 347 BC fits on our Timeline

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