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Creator: Aristotle
A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. The story should never be made up of improbable incidents; there should be nothing of the sort in it.

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato's, and the second Greek philosopher from whom we have complete works. He was the first philosopher to write treatises addressing the subjects of his philosophy directly; Plato had been rather more indirect, preferring to write dialogues involving Socrates instead. Aristotle was also the first philosopher to attempt a complete survey of human knowledge (except for mathematics), making him an Omnidisciplinary Scientist.

He also served as tutor to Alexander the Great, after differences with Plato and his Academy led him to leave Athens. His work also heavily influenced Galileo.

Of particular note to tropers is that he wrote the Poetics, studying tragic plays, making him the first troper of whom we have knowledge, and many tropes were first diagnosed by him.

Aristotle is also important within science. His work of categorizing plants laid much of the foundation for today's biology. He also tried himself at physics, and his theories were commonly accepted for almost two thousand years - until people started to actually test them, and found many of them to be completely wrong. For example, Aristotle used logic to determine that if two objects with similar form and volume but different mass are dropped simultaneously, the heaviest one will land first. Medieval natural philosophers started to realize that this was wrong, and later disproved this by actually dropping two objects with said qualities, and finding that they landed at the same time.

Works of Aristotle which have their own pages:

Tropes featured in his other works:

  • Beige Prose: Compared to Plato, Aristotle's stuff is very dry and difficult to read. This is partially because most of his finished works were lost after the Fall of Rome, and what we have available today is essentially his lecture notes. However, many people find that the simplicity of Aristotle's words make his works delightful reads. Cicero described Aristotle's literary style as being "a river of gold."
  • Take a Third Option / Golden Mean Fallacy: Aristotle believed that every virtue represented a sensible third position between two equally bad extremes. For example, in conversation, say too little and you'll be considered shy, say too much and you'll bore everyone else. "Wit", therefore, is the virtue of saying just the right amount.

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