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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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Quadrature of the Parabola, On the
Quantum Theory, Origin and Development of the
Quarters, Close
Queene, The Faerie
Quixote, Don
Quran, The
Race and Culture
Radical Empiricism, Essays in
Rainbow, The
Ramayana, The
Rameau's Nephew
Rape of the Lock
Rappaccini's Daughter
Rasselas
Rat Man, The
Raven, The
Read a Book; How to
Reason, Critique of Practical
Reason, Critique of Pure
Reason, The Life of
Rebel, The
Reckoner, The Sand-
Red Badge of Courage, The
Red and the Black, The
Red Death, The Masque of the
Reduction, Instruments of
Reflection, Aids to
Reflections on the Revolution in France
Refutations, On Sophistical
Regained, Paradise
Regimen in Acute Diseases, On
Relativity
Relativity, The Meaning of
Religio Medici
Religion, Dialogues Concerning Natural
Religion, Institutes of the Christian
Religion, The Two Sources of Morality and
Religious Affections, Treatise Concerning
Religious Experience, The Varieties of
Remedia Amoris
Remedies for Love
Remembrance of Things Past
Reminiscence, On Memory and
Replies, Objections Against the Meditations and
Representative Government
Representative Men
Repression
Republic, The
Researches in Electricity, Experimental
Return of the Native, The
Revolution, The State and
Revolution in France, Reflections on the
Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, On the
Rex, Oedipus
Rhesus
Rhetoric
Richard the Second, King
Richard the Third, King
Right, Philosophy of
Right, The Science of
Rights, Civil
Rights of Man, The
Rights of Men and Natural Law, The
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Rings, The Book of Five
Rings, The Lord of the
Rip Van Winkle
Rises, The Sun Also
Rites of Passage
Road to Serfdom, The
Robert Levet, On the Death of Dr.
Robinson Crusoe
Roland, The Song of
Roman Empire, Decline and Fall of the
Romans, Lives of the Noble Grecians and
Rome, History of
Romeo and Juliet
Room of One's Own, A
Rothschild's Fiddle
Rubaiyat, The
Rue Morgue, The Murders in the
Rule of St. Benedict, The
Rules for the Direction of the Mind
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