The beliefs of Plato and Aristotle can be both val

id and invalid in many differentways. This is true for many ancient philosophers. Their ideas can often be hard to
touch upon due to changes in things such as time, society, technology and even
knowledge. I believe that neither Plato nor Aristotle has complete grasp on their
philosophy of life, for as much as the two contradict one another, they also tie in with
each other and logically, I believe, one can almost not make sense without the other. I
was assigned to choose one of the two whos beliefs I agree with more for this essay.

Personally, as I mentioned already, I think neither is completely valid and I also believe
that without Platos views coming into play, Aristotles views are quite pass. I was also
assigned to write this essay using examples of personal experience. Although
regardless I do ultimately agree with the ideas of Aristotle over those of Plato, I also
feel that ultimate agreement with Plato in this essay would be somewhat illogical and
contradicting of the itinerary expected. For Aristotle believes in experience as reason
and Plato does not.

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Platos philosophy I believe contradicts its self in more then the way Aristotle
brings to our attention about the senses being separate from the mystical world of the
minds. I also somewhat disagree with this Aristotle on this as is evident later on in this
essay. I think it is also a contradiction on Platos behalf to say that experience fools us,
but to also believe that people with expertise should have power over those without. I
dont understand how one can have expertise on anything without experience. Without
the word experience the word expertise would not even exist. I do however, agree with
Plato on the fact that life experiences can indeed fool or deceive, but without being
fooled or deceived by experience, we would have nothing to learn from. This is where I
believe the two views of these philosophers tie in together.

Aristotle believes we live life through personal experience. Without the mistakes
and deceptions given to us through experience, as spoken about in Platos philosophy,
we wouldnt have as much concrete experience to live our lives through. I believe
experience comes with mistakes and learning through them , and although Plato
identifies that experience causes mistakes through his philosophy, he gives us no
chance in that same philosophy to use those mistakes and what we often learn through
them. Aristotles theory gives us a chance to live and learn which in reality is the way
life works. An experience is not done with once a mistake or deception has been
incorporated into it. The mistake or deception is often more valued and kept close at
hand to be improved on a future situation of that sort or to avoid a reoccurrence. These
points are more valid though the ideas of Aristotle.

Such instances in our lives where the tie in between the two philosophers is
evident includes such emotions as love, greed, fear, and guilt and our actions we take
upon these emotions as well as all emotions in general. Plato claims that the
physical senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and seeing are the basis to all things in
life over experience. Imagine ones life however, although emotions cannot always be
identified as accurately as the direct physical senses, without feelings such as love or
fear. If a human falsely identifies love, or hate for that matter, which are common
mistakes people make throughout life, there is no deeper way to look into and identify
such things as true for the future. If one did not have fears to overcome, life would
stand without challenge. Although today many of these things are often taken for
granted, they all offer learning experiences, as Aristotle would agree, and can often
impact our lives in a much more radical way then anything related to the physical

In relation to this issue of physical senses vs. emotional senses, such an
example to compare and contrast the two is sex. Sex is a physical act, as the five
senses are physical and is supposed to come into play after the emotion love is found
between two people. In contrary, humans are often fooled by the physical world of sex,
believing good, passionate, addictive sex is equal to love. This is in too many cases
false and an instance that sides me a bit with Plato. Perhaps this is evidence


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