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SBTT Word Of The Week - Apr.19.09Views: 193
Apr 19, 2009 6:49 am SBTT Word Of The Week - Apr.19.09

Tim Southernwood
peripatetic (per-uh-puh-TET-ik)


1. Moving or traveling from place to place.
2. Of or related to walking, moving, or traveling.
3. Of or related to Aristotle: his philosophy or his teaching method of conducting discussions while walking about.


ambulant, itinerant, itinerate, migrant, mobile, nomadic, perambulant, roaming, roving, vagabond, vagrant, wandering, wayfaring,pacing

fixed, settled,stationary,seated,inhabiting,


[From Latin peripateticus, from Greek peripatetikos, from peripatein (to walk
about, to discourse while pacing as did Aristotle), from peri- (around) +
patein (to walk). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pent- (to tread)
that also gave us words such as English find, Dutch pad (path), Hindi path
(path), French pont (bridge), and Russian sputnik (traveling companion).

Peripatetic school

he Peripatetics were members of a school of philosophy in ancient Greece. Their teachings derived from their founder, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, and Peripatetic (Greek: περιπατητικός) is a name given to his followers. The name refers to the act of walking, and as an adjective, "peripatetic" is often used to mean itinerant, wandering, meandering, or walking about. The school derives its name from the peripatoi (colonnades) of the Lyceum gymnasium in Athens where the members met, although a later legend claimed that the name came from Aristotle's alleged habit of walking while lecturing.

The school dates from around 335 BC when Aristotle began teaching in the Lyceum. It was an informal institution whose members conducted philosophical and scientific inquiries. Aristotle's successors Theophrastus and Strato continued the tradition of exploring philosophical and scientific theories, but after the middle of the 3rd century BC, the school fell into a decline, and it was not until the Roman era that there was a revival. Later members of the school concentrated on preserving and commentating on Aristotle's works rather than extending them, and the school eventually died out in the 3rd century AD, although the tradition of commentating on Aristotle's works was continued by the Neoplatonists. After the fall of the Roman empire, the works of the Peripatetic school were lost to the west, but in the east they were incorporated into early Islamic philosophy, which would play a large part in the revival of Aristotle's doctrines in Europe in the Middle Ages.

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