Aristotle – sample answer – part a

“Unlike his teacher, Plato, Aristotle believed that the world could be explained by physical observation. This approach of using the five senses, cataloguing and categorising, is the foundation of scientific enquiry and study. The approach is known as empiricism. Plato believed that we needed to look beyond the physical for a metaphysical explanation of the universe in the guise of the World of Forms. Aristotle refuted this.”

From a sample answer on the Philosophical Thoughts 4 All blog

This sample answer was written in timed conditions (30 minutes). It was a question on an examination paper from May 2011 on the Philosophy of Religion (AS).


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