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"The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator. The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism." - C.S. Lewis, On the Reading of Old Books

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Major Site Redesign - Phase II In Progress

Phase II of the site redesign - updating the site for better display on mobile devices - is now underway. If you access the site on a mobile device, or resize your browser to less than 900 pixels wide, you will see the main content expanded to fill most of the screen and no index visible. The index can be retrieved with a "Show Index" tab on the left edge, and re-hidden using a "Hide Index" tab at the top of the index.

I've tested the changes using my Android tablet with Opera, Firefox, and Chrome browsers. I don't have a smartphone or any Apple devices to test with, though, so if you access the site on an iPad or a smartphone and see any issues, please let me know about them so I can try to get them resolved.

The next part of Phase II is to separate the author information from the links for each work. So, the page for each author will contain a list of the author's works which are indexed on the site, along with basic information about the author and links to general information. The links to etexts and texts for purchase will be moved to their own, individual pages, instead of being crammed together on one page (this isn't a problem for, say, Tyrtaeus, but for Plato and Aristotle the pages get pretty long). You will probably see this change occur a few authors at a time.

UPDATE: This part may require a more in-depth redesign than I was originally planning and may not be completed until late 2018 or even later.

If you missed the initial announcement, the major changes in Phase I (now completed) were:

  • Index type, language of text, and reading list are now selected from dropdown menus instead of by links in the header
  • The menu block in the top right no longer lists webrings or options for navigation (both had been disabled anyway)
  • A couple of the URL parameters have changed (but don't worry - links and bookmarks using the old format will still work)

After Phase II, Phase III will involve changes intended to make the site easier for me to maintain and update in the future. These changes should be fairly transparent to visitors (except that the presentation of content will become more uniform), so I likely won't be announcing the start or completion of them.

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Sacred Disease, On the
Saint Joan
Saint Julian Hospitator, The Legend of
Sale of Creeds, The
Samson Agonistes
Samuel Pepys
Sand-Reckoner, The
Satire, A (Johnson)
Satires (Horace)
Savoyard Vicar, Profession of Faith of a
Sayings, The Golden
Scarlet Letter, The
Scarlet Pimpernel, The
Scene, The American
Scholasticism, Art and
School for Wives, The
Science Going?; Where is
Science and Hypothesis
Science and Method
Science and the Modern World
Science of Right, The
Sciences, Dialogues Concerning Two New
Scientific Autobiography (Planck)
Scientific Treatises (Pascal)
Scope and Limits; Human Knowledge, Its
Screw, The Turn of the
Screwtape Letters, The (1942)
Sea, The Old Man and the
Sea, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the
Seagull, The
Second Treatise on Government
Sections, On Conic
Secular Hymn, The
Selected Papers on Hysteria
Senectute, Cato Maior de
Sense, Common
Sense and Sensibility
Sense and the Sensible, On
Sensibility, Sense and
Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, A
Sentiments, The Declaration of
Sentiments, The Theory of the Moral
Serfdom, The Road to
Sermons (Chrysostom)
Sermons (Donne)
Sermons on the Song of Songs
Seven Against Thebes
Seven Gables, The House of the
The Seventh Letter
Sexual Enlightenment of Children, The
Shakespeare, The Plays of William (Johnson)
Shallot, The Lady of (1832)
Shandy, Tristam
Shepherd of Hermas, The
Shepherd of Hermas, The
Shield of Heracles
Shortest-Way with the Dissenters, The
Shortness of Life, On Longevity and
Shrew, The Taming of the
Sickness Unto Death
Siderius Nuncius
Silas Marner
Silmarillion, The
Silver Skates, Hans Brinker or the
Simple Heart, A
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Sister Carrie
Sisyphus, The Myth of
Six Great Ideas
Skates, Hans Brinker or the Silver
Skepticism and Animal Faith
Sleep and Sleeplessness, On
Sleepy Hollow, The Legend of
Snark, The Hunting of the

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