Name Instructor Course Date Summary Writing and Reading Response Part 1: Summary Peter Adamson the author who is a philosopher as well gives readers a detailed illustration of Aristotle’s contributions to philosophy. Adamson (196) illustrates an instance when he met a colleague at the BBC polls conducted in the year 2005. The colleague also a philosopher was surprised by the poll’s result that identified Karl Marx as the greatest philosopher and not Aristotle. Adamson as well expresses his views regarding Aristotle building from comparison with other philosophers. According to Adamson Aristotle deserved a better position as suggested by his colleague. The author proceeds to highlight Aristotle’s works explaining the compact nature of Aristotle’s topics and the path that led him to become one of the most influential philosophers. To differentiate him from Plato and other philosophers Adamson exhibits Aristotle’s ideas that are essential in many disciplines and further identifies synonymous with a school setting hence high chances that they are points expanded upon by Aristotle rather than complete Ideas. Unsubstantiated comments negatively impact the author’s ability to persuade the reader. Part 3: Thematic Questions From the essay the author demonstrates Aristotle’s insights and explanations citing them as key in concluding that Aristotle is the dominating figure in philosophy. However Plato was the teacher to Aristotle and had a large influence on Aristotle’s mastery of philosophy. The Author attaches Aristotle’s greatness to the fact that he taught Alexander the great. On that note Plato taught Aristotle therefore between Plato and Aristotle who is the greater and more influential philosopher can a philosophy student eventually be more influential than his philosophy teacher ? Works Cited. Adamson Peter. "The Arabic Plotinus: a philosophical study of the Theology of Aristotle." (2002). Fakhry Majid. A history of Islamic philosophy. Columbia University Press 2004. [...]
Each essay must contain three parts: Part 1) EITHER summary, wherein you explain the author’s main points, OR analysis, in which you explore a certain theme within the readings. The objective of summary is accurate representation; the benefit of summary is confirming comprehension. The objective of analysis is exploration; the benefit of analysis is the opportunity for constructive engagement. All students must initially follow the summary option, and may only move on to the analysis option – if they so choose - after obtaining permission. This summary (or analysis) part will comprise the bulk of your essay. Part 2) Critique, in which you formulate a balanced evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the readings – ie what you find positive/persuasive vs negative/unpersuasive. The objective of critique is appraisal; the benefit of critique is development of one’s critical apparatus. Part 3) Thematic question, through which you demonstrate your ability to think beyond the text to broader or deeper concerns that emerge from the readings. Your question should not be just one sentence, but rather a paragraph, in which you collect your ideas to set up your question, and then express the question itself. Do not provide an answer to your question; if you think you already know/are certain of the answer, then it is not a suitable question. Chapters 29-33 (Chapters from Adamson on Aristotle / Attachment) and Chapter 1 & 2 : Fakhry: ch.1 (transmission of ancient philosophy) & ch.2 (early religio-politics), 1-25pg (https://danwin1210.me/uploads/F3thinker%20%21%20-%20Knowledge%20will%20set%20YOU%20Free%20%21./islamic%20philosophy%20a%20beginners%20guide.pdf) Please do not bring an outside source, the essay has to be straight from the reading..