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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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Men, Of Mice and
Mice and Men, Of
Middlemarch
Midsummer Night's Dream, A
Migrations and Cultures
Mill on the Floss, The
Miller, Daisy
Mind, The Analysis of
Mind, Phenomenology of
Mind, Rules for the Direction of the
Mind Over Matter; Intellect:
Misanthrope, The
Miser, The
Miserables, Les
Mistakes; Ten Philosophical
Mister Hyde, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and
Moby Dick
Mochlicon
Modern World, Science and the
Modest Proposal, A
Mohicans, The Last of the
Moll Flanders
Monadology
Monarchy, On
Money, Philosophy of
Monk, The Black
Monologium
Monte Cristo, The Count of
Moon is Down, The
Moral and Political, Essays
Moral Sense of Man and the Lower Animals, The
Moral Sentiments, The Theory of the
Moralia
Morality and Religion, The Two Sources of
Morals, First Principles of
Morals, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of
Morals, The Genealogy of
Morals, An Inquiry Concerning the Principles of
Morals, Introduction to the Metaphysics of
Morals and Legislation, Introduction to the Principles of
Morgue, The Murders in the Rue
Morte d'Arthur, Le
Motion of Animals, On the
Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, On the
Mount Carmel, The Ascent of
Mount Ventoux, Ascent of
Mountian, The Magic
Much Ado About Nothing
Murders in the Rue Morgue, The
Musketeers, The Three
My Confession
Mysterious Stranger, The
Myth of Sisyphus, The
Narcissism, On
Narnia, The Chronicles of (1950-56)
Nations, The Wealth of
Native, The Return of the
Natural Faculties, On the
Natural Law, The Rights of Men and
Natural Philosophy, Mathematical Principles of
Natural Religion, Dialogues Concerning
Nature, Experience and
Nature, The Indestructibility of Our Inner
Nature, On the Principles of
Nature, A Treatise of Human
Nature of Things, On the
Nausea
Nemean Odes
Nephew, Rameau's
New Atlantis
New Essays Concerning Human Understanding
New Experiments Concerning the Vacuum
New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
New Life, The
Nibelungenlied, The
Niblungs, The Story of the Volsungs and
Nicholas Nickleby
Nickleby, Nicholas
Nicomachean Ethics
Night of the Soul, The Dark
Nights, 1001 Arabian
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Ninety-Five Theses
Njal, The Saga of Burnt
No Exit
No Importance, A Woman of
Nobility, To the Christian
Noble Grecians and Romans, Lives of the
Noble Lord, A Letter to a
Notebooks (da Vinci)
Notes from Underground
Nothing, Much Ado About
Nothingness, Being and
Notre Dame, The Hunchback of
Notre-Dame de Paris
Novum Organum
Nuncius, Siderius
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