Template talk:The Works of Aristotle

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Some initial suggestions[edit]

It's a little unclear what this template is supposed to be. The "Corpus Aristotelicum" title does not fit its current contents, as that would suggest just a listing of Aristotle's works (but there's not even a link to the article on his Metaphysics), but this includes everything from later Aristotelians, to various terms and concepts, to the end of the Lyceum. So isn't it a series on Aristotle, not the corpus of his works? The template also seems to imply that Organon means logic in the way that Physics means philosophy of nature; in fact, it is a collective name for the logical works (which are not completely listed) - a colon is missing after it too (and Physicis should be corrected to Physics). Finally, I'd feel better if the titles of works followed the Wikipedia article names (which are reflected in the list at Corpus Aristotelicum and precisely follow the standard of the Revised Oxford Translation of the complete works). I'm neutral on the value of the template right now because I think it still needs to coalesce around some well-chosen function (otherwise, it looks like a works of Aristotle template is being used in to stuff in irrelevant articles like Lyric poetry and put emphasis on favorite or possibly tendentiously chosen topics like the article Lucius Cornelius Sulla). I hope it will gain a more objectively organized look. Maybe (A) Aristotle's surviving works, (B) topics in Aristotelian thought, and (C) the tradition of Aristotelianism really ought to be separate topics? In any case, it's hard to imagine a sidebar doing justice to all three within the limits of space. Sorry if the stress is on the negative; I realize this is brand new, and I'm just trying to offer some constructive pointers that may improve things. (Finally, aren't the single-quotes in the template title quite nonstandard? It should really be moved to Template:The Works of Aristotle, but that will take an admin or a requested move.) Wareh (talk) 18:31, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Well Wareh I was hoping to create a template that was a clear and easy way to give a general overview that is navigatiable to the works of Aristotle. I cant seem to figure out how to get the bar to be slimmer though. LoveMonkey (talk) 18:11, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
Well I modified the template, so it is now what it says it is - a list of his works. I made it narrower as well. I trimmed the stuff which wasn't a work by Aristotle, they can always be put back in if necessary.
For the record, I cut out these concepts: Unmoved mover - Energeia - Dunamis - ousia - Entelechy - Change - hypostasis - Eudaimonia - Phronesis
These poetical subjects: Lyric poetry - Epic poetry - Tragedy
And this stuff: Followers of Aristotle: Alexander the Great - Antipater - Peripatetic school - Theophrastus; The Destruction of the Academy: Desctruction of the Lyceum
Singinglemon (talk) 00:01, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

In response to this page's initial comment, it is now fairly clear to me that what the template ought to reflect is only a simple bullet-list of all of the works traditionally (even if spuriously) attributed to Aristotle, as included in Barnes' go-to Oxford/Princeton English edition. Happily almost all of these works have existing wikis, though several are stubs owing in part to their relatively low importance. Still I think it's quite reasonable to expand the template with good syntax (levels of spuriousness about texts) so as to capture the whole "corpus". MinnesotanUser (talk) 03:00, 11 October 2017 (UTC)