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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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Earnest, The Importance of Being
Earth, Journey to the Center of the
Earth, To the Ends of the
East of Eden
Eaters, The Lotos- (1833)
Ecclesiastical History
Ecclesiastical Polity, The Laws of
Ecclesiazusae, The
Eclogues
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Economics (Aristotle)
Economy, On Political
Eden, East of
Education, On (Milton)
Education, On (Rousseau)
Education, Democracy and
Education of Henry Adams, The
Education and Other Essays, The Aims of
Education of Women, The
Edward the Second
Ego, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the
Ego and the Id, The
Eighty Days, Around the World in
Either/Or
Electra (Euripides)
Electra (Sophocles)
Electricity, Experimental Researches in
Elements of Chemistry
Elements of Ethics, The Metaphysical
Elements of Geometry
Eleonora
Emancipation Proclamation
Emile
Emma
Empiricism, Essays in Radical
Enchiridion (Augustine)
Enchiridion (Epictetus)
Ends of the Earth, To the
Ends Well, All's Well That
English, Letters on the
English Language, A Dictionary of the
English Language, Politics and the
English-Speaking Peoples, History of the
English Traits
Enlightenment of Children, The Sexual
Enneads, The
Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, An
Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, An
Epidemics, Of the
Epistles (Cicero)
Epistles (Horace)
Epistles (Ignatius)
Epistulae Ex Ponto
Epitome of Copernican Astronomy
Epodes (Horace)
Equilibrium of Fluids, Account of the Great Experiment Concerning the
Equilibrium of Liquids and on the Weight of the Mass of the Air, Treatises on the
Equilibrium of Planes, On the
Errors, The Comedy of
Essay Concerning Certain False Principles
Essay on Conversation, Hints Towards an
Essay on Criticism
Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Locke)
Essay on Man
Essays (Bacon)
Essays (Emerson)
Essays (Montaigne)
Essays Concerning Human Understanding, New (Leibniz)
Essays Moral and Political Human (Hume)
Essays in Radical Empiricism
Essays in Sociology
Esther Johnson (Stella), On the Death of
Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, The Protestant
Ethics (Spinoza)
Ethics, Eudemian
Ethics, The Metaphysical Elements of
Ethics, Nicomachean
Eudemian Ethics
Eugenie Grandet
Eumenides, The
Euthydemus
Euthyphro
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