Peripatetic often refers to the act of wandering, walking, and meandering where you think deeply. It is also the name of Aristotle’s school of philosophy. He’s typically associated with teachings while walking.

Aristotle was an inductive philosopher, so it makes sense that his teaching style is so closely linked with walking. He typically preferred to start with facts given by experience and grounded in reality. Walking throughout the city provided Aristotle with ample example on which he could build arguments and try to improve his understanding of the world.

To Aristotle philosophy was a science, and the aim of his method was to determine the ‘why‘ in everything. Whether he was trying to understand the essence of logic and politics or physics and biology, he wanted to begin with facts founded from experience.

What could you learn by turning off your phone and spending some time moving through the world and asking deep questions?

Sean

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