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For the Muslims: Islamophobia in France

by Edwy Plenel

A piercing denunciation of Islamophobia in France, in the tradition of Emile Zola

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, leading intellectuals are claiming “There is a problem with Islam in France,”...


The Athenian Constitution

by Aristotle

The Constitution of the Athenians describes the political system of ancient Athens. The treatise was composed between 330 and 322 BC.


Politics: A Treatise on Government

by Aristotle

The Politics of Aristotle is the second part of a treatise of which the Ethics is the first part. It looks back to the Ethics as the Ethics looks forward to the Politics. For Aristotle did not separate, as we...


Poetics

by Aristotle

Aristotle's Poetics is the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory and the first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. In it, Aristotle offers an account of what he calls poetry.


On Dreams

by Aristotle

We must, in the next place, investigate the subject of the dream, and first inquire to which of the faculties of the soul it presents itself, i.e. whether the affection is one which pertains to the faculty of...


Categories

by Aristotle

Categories is a text from Aristotle's Organon that enumerates all the possible kinds of things that can be the subject or the predicate of a proposition. They are considered the single most heavily discussed...


Protagoras

by Plato

The Protagoras, like several of the Dialogues of Plato, is put into the mouth of Socrates, who describes a conversation which had taken place between himself and the great Sophist at the house of Callias-'the...


Sophist

by Plato

There are no descriptions of time, place or persons, in the Sophist and Statesman, but we are plunged at once into philosophical discussions; the poetical charm has disappeared, and those who have no taste for...


Ion

by Plato

The Ion is the shortest, or nearly the shortest, of all the writings which bear the name of Plato, and is not authenticated by any early external testimony. The grace and beauty of this little work supply the...


Laws

by Plato

The Laws are discussed by three representatives of Athens, Crete, and Sparta. The Athenian, as might be expected, is the protagonist or chief speaker, while the second place is assigned to the Cretan, who, as...


Meno

by Plato

This Dialogue begins abruptly with a question of Meno, who asks, 'whether virtue can be taught.' Socrates replies that he does not as yet know what virtue is, and has never known anyone who did. 'Then he cannot...


Euthyphro

by Plato

In the Meno, Anytus had parted from Socrates with the significant words: 'That in any city, and particularly in the city of Athens, it is easier to do men harm than to do them good;' and Socrates was anticipating...


Symposium

by Plato

Of all the works of Plato the Symposium is the most perfect in form, and may be truly thought to contain more than any commentator has ever dreamed of; or, as Goethe said of one of his own writings, more than...


Apology

by Plato

Apology presents the speech of self-defence given by Socrates in his trial for impiety and corruption specifically against the charges of corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city...


I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn¿t Already

by Roger L. Simon

In 1979, Christopher Lasch published the epochal The Culture of Narcissism warning of the normalizing of narcissism in our society. Lasch may have understated it. 35 years later, in the Obama era—with its parade...


Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration

Nietzsche's Great Politics

by Hugo Drochon

Nietzsche's impact on the world of culture, philosophy, and the arts is uncontested, but his political thought remains mired in controversy. By placing Nietzsche back in his late-nineteenth-century German context,...


Democracy in America

by Alexis De Tocqueville

Democracy in America - De La Démocratie en Amérique published in two volumes, the first in 1835 and the second in 1840) is a classic French text by Alexis de Tocqueville. Its title translates as On Democracy...


The Collected Works of Spinoza, Volumes I and II: Complete Digital Edition

by Benedictus de Spinoza & Edwin Curley

The Collected Works of Spinoza: Complete Digital Edition, combining volumes I and II, provides for the first time in English, a truly satisfactory edition of all of Spinoza’s writings, with accurate and readable...


The Prince

by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince - The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, using...