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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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Pantagruel, Gargantua and
Papers, Pickwick
Papers on Hysteria, Selected
Parabola, On the Quadrature of the
Paradise Lost
Paradise Regained
Paradiso
Paris, Notre Dame de
Parma, The Charterhouse of
Parmenides
Parts of Animals, On the
Passage, Rites of
Past, Remembrance of Things
Pauper, The Prince and the
Peace (Aristophanes)
Peace, Perpetual
Peace, War and
Pearl, The
Peer Gynt
Peloponnesian War, History of the
Pendulum, The Pit and the
Pensees
Pepys, Samuel
Pere Goriot
Perfection, The Way of
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Perpetual Peace
Perplexed, Guide of the
Persian Letters
Persian War, History of the
Persians, The
Persons and Places
Persuasion
Pessimism, Studies in
Phaedo (Plato)
Phaedra (Racine)
Phaedrus (Plato)
Phenomenology of Mind
Philebus
Philoctetes
Philosophical Dictionary
Philosophical Manuscripts, Economic and
Philosophical Mistakes; Ten
Philosophy, Introduction to Mathematical
Philosophy, Mathematical Principles of Natural
Philosophy, Meditations on First
Philosophy, The Positive
Philosophy, The Problems of
Philosophy of History, Lectures on the
Philosophy of Money
Philosophy of Right
Phoenician Women, The
Physics
Physics, The Evolution of
Physics, On the Method of Theoretical
Pickwick Papers
Picture of Dorian Gray, The
Pilgrim's Progress
Pimpernel, The Scarlet
Pit and the Pendulum, The
Places; On Airs, Waters, and
Places, Persons and
Plague, The
Planes, On the Equilibrium of
Plays of William Shakespeare, The (Johnson)
Pleasure Principle, Beyond the
Plutus
Poems (Blake)
Poems (E. Brontë)
Poems (E.B. Browning)
Poems (Byron)
Poems (Coleridge)
Poems (Dickinson)
Poems (Donne)
Poems (T.S. Eliot)
Poems (Emerson)
Poems (Frost)
Poems (Johnson)
Poems (Keats)
Poems (Milton)
Poems (Poe)
Poems (Pope)
Poems (Scott)
Poems (Shelley)
Poems (Tennyson)
Poems (Wordsworth)
Poems (Yeats)
Poesy or Art, On
Poet, A Letter of Advice to a Young
Poetic Principle, The
Poetica, Ars
Poetics
Poetry, The Art of
Poetry, A Defence of
Poetry and Truth
Poets, The Lives of the
Political, Essays Moral and
Political Economy, On
Politics
Politics and the English Language
Polity, The Laws of Ecclesiastical
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A
Portrait of a Lady
Portuguese, Sonnets from the
Positive Philosophy, The
Possessed, The
Posterior Analytics
Power; On Evil, Guilt, and
Power, The Will to
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