Often times, to better understand a philosopher's position, it helps to understand their circumstances. To what extent is it acceptable to ask about the history of philosphers?
For example, I know the Socrates taught Plato, who in turn taught Aristotle. I was curious what direct influence Socrates might have had on Aristotle, or if their age difference was too much to have ever really interacted directly. I was going to ask the question on main, but I decided to ask this on meta first because it wasn't a question about philosophy, but rather about philosophers.
I tried to think about how this might go over on a site like Programmers.se. Would asking about the personal history of Bjarne Stroustrup and who his mentors were (to better understand why he did what he did) be appropriate there? And I couldn't come up with a clear cut answer. So I figured I'd ask here.