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Aristotle's Infuence on America's Founding Fathers

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Aristotle's Infuence on America's Founding Fathers

AristoleAristotle had led the way in studying happiness and its imapct on humans. This led him to believe that happiness plays a big role in peopeks life and it should to in government. Following these ideas the founding fathers of America implemneted the idea of the Pursuit of Happiness into America's government and values."Happiness is the meaning and purpose of Life."- Aristotle

Citationhttp://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2192.Aristotlehttp://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.1130/article_detail.asphttp://hubpages.com/hub/Aristotle-The-Great-Americanhttp://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle/http://www.biography.com/people/aristotle-9188415

LifeAristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) was born in northeastern and is considered on of the all-time greatest philosophers. Aristotle was a student of Plato and after Plato died he became a teacher of Alexander the Great. Eventually, Aristotle also opened up his own school called Lyceum.

Aristotle and His Influence on America's Founding Fathers

Aristotle also believed that citizens should have a way out if they feel their government has failed them. Which led to rules in America that allowed impeachment and removals of ewlected officials.

ImpactOne of his major beliefs was that some people were born to rule and others were born to be ruled. This belief imapcted the founding fathers by setting upo a system of elected officials to help guide the government. Aristotle also believed in seperation of powers in a government which led the founding fathers to create thre seperate branches of power.

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." - Aristotle

Impact on the ConstitutionAristotle left a stong imapct on the Constituion with his idea of "Law of Nature" that was upheld in the Constitution. Natural law which aristotle believed in are basically laws that have been set up pre-determined by nature.

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