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Aristotle was born in 384 bce, in the Macedonian city of Stagira, now in northern Greece. He was the son of Nicomachus, a physician to the court of the king of Macedon, who sent him to Athens in 367 bce, where he joined Plato’s Academy, remaining there for 20 years, first as a student, and later as a teacher. After Plato’s death, Aristotle left Athens, eventually ending up in Macedon, where he tutored the future Alexander the Great. He then returned to Athens, and founded his own school, the Lyceum or Peripatetic school (likely so called because he taught while strolling along the covered walkways of the Lyceum).
However, rather than taking up a law career, Descartes went traveling and joined the army, which led to a chance meeting with the Dutch philosopher and scientist, Isaac Beeckman, which changed the course of his life. Their friendship sparked Descartes’ interest in the sciences and set him on the path that eventually would make him the first great modern philosopher. His major philosophical works were written in a 20-year period beginning in 1629.
For example: all snails eat lettuce, this thing is a snail, therefore this thing eats lettuce. ” induction An inference from many particular claims to a general claim, or to other particular claims. , therefore, all snails eat lettuce. inference A mental movement from premises to a conclusion. ” logic The study of inference. Logic itself has many branches and manifestations, from informal logic (which examines the structure of argumentation in natural languages) to formal logic (the study of the purely abstract, formal structure of inference), to the study of such things as mathematical reasoning, modality, computer science, fallacies, probability, and much else.