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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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Practical Reason, Critique of
Practice of the Presence of God, The
Pragmatism
Praise of Folly, The
Prayer, The Book of Common
Preface to the Treatise on the Vacuum
Prejudice, Pride and
Prelude (Wordsworth)
Price, and Profit; Value,
Pride and Prejudice
Priesthood, On the
Prince, The
Prince of Abyssinia, The
Prince and the Pauper, The
Principia
Principle, The Poetic
Principles, Essay Concerning Certain False
Principles of Geology
Principles of Government
Principles of Human Knowledge, The
Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals, Fundamental
Principles of Morals, First
Principles of Morals, An Inquiry Concerning the
Principles of Morals and Legislation, Introduction to the
Principles of Natural Philosophy, Mathematical
Principles of Nature, On the
Principles of Psychology, The
Principles of War
Prior Analytics
Probabilities, Correspondence with Fermat on the Theory of
Problems, On the Method of Mechanical
Problems of Philosophy, The
Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar
Profit; Value, Price, and
Prognostics, The Book of
Progress, An Outpost of
Progress, Pilgrim's
Prolegomena
Prometheus Bound
Prometheus Unbound
Prophesying by Dreams, On
Proposal, A Modest
Propyläen, Introduction to the
Proslogium
Prospects of Psychoanalytic Therapy, The Future
Protagoras
Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, The
Prothalamion
Provincial Letters
Prufrock, The Love Song of J. Alfred
Psychoanalysis, A General Introduction to
Psychoanalysis, Introductory Lectures on
Psychoanalysis, New Introductory Lectures on
Psychoanalysis, Observations on "Wild"
Psychoanalysis, The Origin and Development of
Psychoanalytic Therapy, The Future Prospects of
Psychology, The Principles of
Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, Group
Psychopathology of Everyday Life
Punishment, Crime and
Pure Reason, Critique of
Purgatorio
Purloined Letter, The
Pygmalion
Pythian Odes
Pythocles, Letter to
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