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Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Best Works

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This ebook compiles Charlotte Perkins Gilman's greatest writings, including novels, short stories, essays and poems such as "The Yellow Wallpaper", "In This Our World", "Women and Economics", "The Home: Its...


Common Sense and Selected Works of Thomas Paine

by Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine is one of history’s most renowned thinkers and was indispensible to both the American and French revolutions. The three works included, Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason,...


Summers of Discontent: The Purpose of the Arts Today

by Raymond Tallis & Julian Spalding

An examination of why artists make art in the first place, and why we all feel the need for it.


Moved by the Past: Discontinuity and Historical Mutation

by Eelco Runia

Historians go to great lengths to avoid confronting discontinuity, searching for explanations as to why such events as the fall of the Berlin Wall, George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, and the introduction of...


Tocquevillian Ideas: Contemporary European Perspectives

by Zbigniew Rau & Marek Tracz-Tryniecki

This book presents Tocqueville’s vision of the European continent, exploring his ideas of liberty, virtue, religion, patriotism, civic participation and democracy. Although Tocqueville is often revered as...


Measuring Time, Making History

by Lynn Hunt

Time is the crucial ingredient in history, and yet historians rarely talk about time as such. These essays offer new insight into the development of modern conceptions of time, from the Christian dating system...


A World without Why

by Raymond Geuss

Wishful thinking is a deeply ingrained human trait that has had a long-term distorting effect on ethical thinking. Many influential ethical views depend on the optimistic assumption that, despite appearances...


Philosophical Letters: (Letters Concerning the English Nation)

by Voltaire

The voice of the Age of Reason remarks on English religion and politics during the early 18th century: Quakers, Church of England, Presbyterians, Anti-Trinitarians, Parliament, government, commerce, plus essays...


Complete Essays

by Francis Bacon

The Elizabethan sage offers wise, witty observations on truth, adversity, love, ambition, fame, and many other topics. Short but thought-provoking, these essays constitute an excellent combination of style and...


Philosophical Dictionary

by Voltaire & H. I. Woolf

These brief essays form a thought-provoking analysis of 18th-century social and religious conventions. Voltaire's sardonic wit lends a modern feeling to his writings on God, mortality, freedom, justice, and...


Charles S. Peirce, Selected Writings

by Charles S. Peirce & Philip P. Wiener

Science, material, idealism, pragmaticism, history of scientific thought. With Buchler's book, best way to approach notoriously cryptic philosopher. Features 24 selections including "The Place of Our Age in...


A Treatise of Human Nature

by David Hume

This enormously influential work employs Locke's empiric principles to construct a theory of knowledge from which to evaluate metaphysical ideas. Numerous thought-provoking considerations of issues include causation,...


Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind

by Richard Maurice Bucke

This pioneering study in mysticism explores the phenomenon of transcendent realization, or illumination. Its numerous case studies offer intriguing, real-life particulars of individuals who experienced personal...


Philosophical Writings of Peirce

by Charles S. Peirce & Justus Buchler

Arranged and integrated to reveal epistemology, phenomenology, theory of signs, other major topics. Includes "The Fixation of Beliefs," "How to Make Our Ideas Clear," and "The Criterion of Validity in Reasoning."...


Self-Reliance and Other Essays

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Six essays and one address outline Emerson's moral idealism and hint at later scepticism. In addition to title essay, this volume includes "History," "Friendship," "The Over-Soul," "The Poet" and "Experience,"...


Six Great Dialogues: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Symposium, The Republic

by Plato & Benjamin Jowett

Plato's Dialogues rank among Western civilization's most important and influential philosophical works. These 6 selections of his major works explore a broad range of enduringly relevant issues. Authoritative...


The Wisdom of Life

by Arthur Schopenhauer & T. Bailey Saunders

In this essay from his final work, Parerga und Paralipomena (1851), the philosopher examines the ways in which life can be arranged to derive the highest degree of pleasure and success.


The Madman: His Parables and Poems

by Kahlil Gibran

Life-affirming parables and poems by the author of The Prophet cast an ironic light on the beliefs, aspirations and vanities of humanity. Also features 3 illustrations by author.


The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses

by Theodore Roosevelt

Politician, soldier, naturalist, and historian — Theodore Roosevelt remains a towering symbol of American optimism and progress. This collection embodies his enduring ideals for attaining a robust political,...


Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

by Henry David Thoreau

Representative sampling of Thoreau's most frequently read and cited essays: "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (1849), "Life without Principle" (1863), "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854), "A Plea for Captain...