Aristotle quote about philosophy from Poetics - Poetry, therefore, is a more philosophical and a higher thing than history: for poetry tends to express the universal, history the particular.
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Poetry, therefore, is a more philosophical and a higher thing than history: for poetry tends to express the universal, history the particular.
 Aristotle, Poetics (c. 335 BC). copy citation

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Author Aristotle
Source Poetics
Topic philosophy poetry history
Date c. 335 BC
Language English
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Note Translated by S. H. Butcher
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1974/1974-h/1974-h.htm

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“The work of Herodotus might be put into verse, and it would still be a species of history, with metre no less than without it. The true difference is that one relates what has happened, the other what may happen. Poetry, therefore, is a more philosophical and a higher thing than history: for poetry tends to express the universal, history the particular. By the universal, I mean how a person of a certain type will on occasion speak or act, according to the law of probability or necessity; and it is this universality at which poetry aims in the names she attaches to the personages.” source

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