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Aristotle

Aristotle (384-322 BC), a pupil of Plato, was a prolific writer whose modes of thought defined the standard through medieval times, up until the Renaissance. Aristotle greatest achievements were the founding of the scientific method and formal logic. Whereas Plato, his mentor, held that truth resided in abstract forms, Aristotle saw truth instantiated in everything around us. He advocated the use of an inductive approach, where general truths are arrived at by abstraction from individual cases. At its core, that exactly how science operates today. Aristotle had a broad taste in subject matter, contributing to physics, ethics, poetry, politics, and zoology.