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Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle was one of the greatest intellectual figures of western history; his philosophical system became the framework for many religions such as Christian scholasticism and medieval Islamic philosophy. Aristotelian concepts remain embedded in modern day thinking as he developed the logic of the categorical syllogism and perception of virtue ethics. Men are mortal, Socrates is a man, therefore Socrates is mortal. In propositions like the previous one, Aristotle says, something is predicated of something else. This phrase is a categorical syllogism modernly called deductive reasoning; deductive reasoning is now defined as from the combination of a general statement and a specific statement, a conclusion is deduced. This phrase structure is commonly used in today’s argumentative literature line of reasoning. In addition to inventing this technical vocabulary, Aristotle deciphered the meaning behind virtue ethics. Aristotle’s findings in ethics led to a belief in no truism. It’s a distinctive ethical theory that differs with other influential ethical belief systems because his research and beliefs aren’t based on cliche, obviously true statements. Aristotle sums up explaining this process by stating “Only when correct reasoning and right desire come together does truly virtuous action result.” Aristotle called this a practical syllogism; consisting of a general recipe for a good life, followed by a description of the actual circumstances and concluding with a decision about the action to be carried out. People live their lives based upon his ethical beliefs, some without knowing it. The philosophy behind his theories of virtue ethics remain true and are followed in today’s society. Aristotle is still impressive and may in some respects be unsurpassed. His philosophical analysis remains embedded in modern day thinking and…...

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