“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” – attributed to Aristotle
Along with Plato and Socrates, Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) is one of the triumvirate of philosophers responsible for the establishment of Western philosophy as it exists today. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle were among the first to refine philosophical thought, and Socrates is credited with devising the Socratic Method as a way to argue and debate points rationally. And Plato is only the most famous Western philosopher, responsible for the popularity of Socrates too.
Still, Aristotle was very much his own philosopher. Though he studied at Plato’s famous academy, he was not hesitant to counter or criticize Plato’s philosophical stances on certain issues. This was especially the case when it came to Plato's writings about reason and metaphysics.
While physics is today known as a mathematical and scientific discipline, Aristotle referred to physics as a philosophy. This edition of Aristotle’s Physics is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with pictures of famous Greek philosophers.