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Philosophy and the Art of Living: Aristotle

This guide is for the students in Dr. Bruce Fraser's Clemente Course in the Humanites.

Course Readings

From this course you will read excerpts from the following works by Aristotle:

The readings links above lead to MIT's Internet Classics Archive. If you experience difficulties accessing these selections, visit their home page at: and search for the reading there.

About Aristotle

Aristotle was born in Northern Greece in 384 B.C. Plato was his teacher, but their views were not always identical. When Alexander the Great was a child, Aristotle was his tutor. Aristotle studied and wrote about many subjects, but is best-known for his work in philosophy, especially in logic, metaphysics, and ethics.


Collinson, D. & Plant, K. (2006). Fifty major philosophers. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.