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Aristotle (384-322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and scientist from Stagira, northern Greece. A student of Plato, he is considered to be the "Father of Western Philosophy", and the ideology of traditionalist conservatism drew heavily from his philosophy.


Aristotle was born in Stagira, northern Greece in 384 BC, the son of Nicomachus, the physician of King Amyntas III of Macedon. At eighteen, Aristotle joined Plato's academy in Athens and remained there until 347 BC, leaving Athens after Plato died. King Philip II of Macedon hired Aristotle to tutor his son, the future King Alexander the Great in 343 BC. Aristotle was able to establish a library in the Lyceum, and he produced hundreds of books on papyrus scrolls. He formerly supported Platonism, only to support empiricism as an independent philosopher. His works were the first to focus on the study of logic, and his Aristotelianism profoundly influenced Jewish and Islamic philosophy. He died in Euboea in 322 BC, having been forced into exile after Alexander's death.