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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

The rollout of the final part of Phase II is underway! Authors and their works will be separated into distinct pages, and each page will be able to have multiple tabs for presenting information. I'm currently planning to use "Works" for a list of an author's works, "Links" for links to etexts and Amazon.com copies of a particular work, "About" for very brief biographical information or summaries of works, and "Resources" for online or for-sale study guides and other helps.

As of today (July 8, 2019), the following authors have been converted to the new format (listed in chronological order):

Hammurabi, Homer, Hesiod, Tyrtaeus, Confucius, Sun-Tzu, Aeschylus, Pindar, Lao-Tzu, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Thucydides, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, Euclid, Aesop, and Shakespeare.

I will be moving additional pages and works to the new format as I have time. Currently the old and new formats exist side-by-side, so the links in the index lists will take you to the format corresponding to the author or work selected (trying to make sure I could roll this out one author at a time while keeping everything accessible from any page has been a major reason why the process has taken so long).

New pages from this point forward will mostly just have Works or Links tabs populated; once I get all of the authors and works moved to the new format, I will start working on adding "About" information and resource links.


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Brave New World (1932)
The Degrees of Knowledge (1932)
The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932)
On War (pub. 1932)
Where is Science Going (1932)
Adventures of Ideas (1933)
Joseph and his Brothers (1933-43)
On the Method of Theoretical Physics (1933)
New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933)
Why War? (1933)
Art as Experience (1934)
A Study of History (1934-61)
Tortilla Flat (1935)
Absalom, Absalom! (1936)
True Humanism (1936)
Anthem (1937)
The Hobbit (1937)
Of Mice and Men (1937)
The Evolution of Physics (1938)
Logic, the Theory of Inquiry (1938)
Nausea (1938)
Finnegans Wake (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
How to Read a Book (1940; revised 1972)
An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth (1940)
The Moon is Down (1942)
The Myth of Sisyphus (1942)
The Rights of Men and Natural Law (1942)
The Screwtape Letters (1942)
The Stranger (1942)
The Abolition of Man (1943)
Being and Nothingness (1943)
The Fountainhead (1943)
The Glass Bead Game (1943)
Heredity and its Variability (1943)
The Road to Serfdom (1944)
Persons and Places (1944-53)
No Exit (1944)
Animal Farm (1945)
Cannery Row (1945)
Politics and the English Language (1946)
The Pearl (1947)
The Plague (1947)
Civilization on Trial (1948)
Human Knowledge; Its Scope and Limits (1948)
1984 (1949)
Scientific Autobiography (Planck) (pub. 1949)
Barn Burning (pub. 1950?)
The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56)
The Rebel (1951)
East of Eden (1952)
Mere Christianity (1952)
The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
Waiting for Godot (1952)
Lord of the Flies (1954)
The Lord of the Rings (1954-55)
Lolita (1955)
History of the English-Speaking Peoples (1956-58)
Atlas Shrugged (1957)
The Spinoza of Market Street (1961)
Winter of our Discontent (1961)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)
"I Have a Dream" speech (1963)
Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
Cancer Ward (1968-69)
The First Circle (1968)
The Gulag Archipelago (1974-76)
The Silmarillion (pub. 1977)
Song of Solomon (1977)
Aristotle for Everybody (1978)
Knowledge and Decisions (1980)
Rites of Passage (1980)
To the Ends of the Earth (1980-89)
Six Great Ideas (1981)
Civil Rights (1985)
Ten Philosophical Mistakes (1985)
Close Quarters (1987)
A Conflict of Visions (1987)
Fire Down Below (1989)
Intellect: Mind Over Matter (1990)
Race and Culture (1994)
Conquests and Cultures (1998)
Migrations and Cultures (1998)
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