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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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Dá Derga's Hostel, The Destruction of
Daisy Miller
Dance, After the
Daniel Deronda
Dao De Jing
Dark Night of the Soul, The
Darkness, Heart of
d'Arthur, Le Morte
Daughter, Rappaccini's
David Copperfield
Days, The Works and
Dead Souls
Death, On Breathing; On Youth and Old Age, On Life and
Death, The Masque of the Red
Death, Sickness Unto
Death, Thoughts for the Times on War and
Death of Dr. Robert Levet, On the
Death of Esther Johnson (Stella), On the
Death of Ivan Ilych, The
Decameron, The
Decisions, Knowledge and
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Sentiments, The
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Defence of Free-Thinking in Mathematics, A
Defence of Poetry, A
Degrees of Knowledge, The
Democracy in America
Democracy and Education
Demonstration, On Geometrical
Denisovich, One Day in the Life of Ivan
Deronda, Daniel
Descent of Man, The
Destruction of Dá Derga's Hostel, The
Development of Psychoanalysis, The Origin and
Development of the Quantum Theory, Origin and
On Diagnosis in Dreams
Dialogue, The Spiritual (St. Catherine of Siena)
Dialogue, The Spiritual (St. Catherine of Genoa)
Dialogue on Oratory
Dialogues, Three
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences
Dichtung und Wahrheit
Dictionary, Philosophical
Dictionary of the English Language, A
Didache, The)
Dignity of Man, The
Direction of the Mind, Rules for the
Discontent, Winter of our
Discontents, Civilization and its
Discourse to the Greeks Concerning Hades
Discourse on Metaphysics
Discourse on Method
Discourses (Epictetus)
Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy
Disease, On the Sacred
Diseases, On Regimen in Acute
Disobedience, Civil
Dissenters, The Shortest-Way with the
Divine Comedy, The
Doctor Faustus
Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Strange Case of
Doctor Robert Levet, On the Death of
Doctor in Spite of Himself, The
Doctrine, Christian
Doll's House, A
Don Juan
Don Quixote
Donne, The Life of Dr. John
Doone, Lorna
Dorian Gray, The Picture of
Dorrit, Little
Dove, The Wings of the
Dream", "I Have a
Dream, A Midsummer Night's
Dreams, On (Aristotle)
Dreams, On (Freud)
Dreams, On Diagnosis in (Galen)
Dreams, The Interpretation of (Freud)
Dreams, On Prophesying by (Aristotle)
Dreary Story, A
Duck, The Wild
Dull Story, A
D'Urbervilles, Tess of the

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