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Is "Western thought" primarily Aristotelian or Platonic?

  1. Mar 27, 2015 #1
    I was arguing with my friend over this topic.

    In your opinion, whose thoughts influenced western civilization more, Aristotle or Plato?
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  3. Mar 27, 2015 #2


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    I think the discussion of both points of view have influenced how we view the world.
  4. Mar 27, 2015 #3
    Would you say one contributed more to the development of science than the other? I've always thought that Aristotle's worldview was proto-scientific, or proto-naturalist. Or at least a precursor for scientific thought.
  5. Mar 27, 2015 #4


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    I'm afraid this gets into philosophy, which has nothing to do with science.
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