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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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Everyday Life, Psychopathology of
Evil, Beyond Good and
Evil, Guilt, and Power; On
Evolution, Creative
Evolution of Physics, The
Ex Ponto
Exercises, Spiritual
Exhortation to the Study of the Arts, Especially Medicine
Exile, In
Exit, No
Expectations, Great
Experience, Art as
Experience, Songs of
Experience, The Varieties of Religious
Experience and Nature
Experiment, Observation and
Experimental Medicine, Introduction to the Study of
Experimental Researches in Electricity
Experiments Concerning the Vacuum, New
External World, Our Knowledge of the
Eyre, Jane
Fables (Aesop)
Facial Treatment for Ladies, On
Faculties, On the Natural
Faerie Queene, The
Fair, Vanity
Fairy Tales (Andersen)
Faith, The Knight of
Faith, Skepticism and Animal
Faith of a Savoyard Vicar, Profession of
Fall of the House of Usher, The
False Principles, Essay Concerning Certain
Fang, White
Far From the Madding Crowd
Farewell to Arms, A
Farm, Animal
Fasti
Father, Letter to his
Faust
Faustus, Doctor
Fear and Trembling
Federalist Papers
Fermat on the Theory of Probabilities, Correspondence with
Fictions, Theory of
Fiddle, Rothschild's
Finnegans Wake
Fire Down Below
First Circle, The
First Philosophy, Meditations on
First Principles of Morals
First Ten Books of Livy, Discourses on the
Fistulae, On
Five Rings, The Book of
Flanders, Moll
Flies, Lord of the
Floating Bodies, On
Floss, The Mill on the
Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi, The Little
Fluids, Account of the Great Experiment Concerning the Equilibrium of
Folly, The Praise of
Fool, Ivan the
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Forces of Matter, The
Fountainhead, The
Fractures, On
France, Reflections on the Revolution in
France and Italy, A Sentimental Journey Through
Francis of Assisi, The Little Flowers of St.
Frankenstein
Free-Thinking in Mathematics, A Defence of
Free Will, Time and
Freedom, Individual
Freedom of the Christian, The
Friendship (Plato)
Friendship, Laelius on (Cicero)
Frogs, The
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals
Furies, The
Furioso, Orlando
Fury, The Sound and the
Future of an Illusion, The
Future Prospects of Psychoanalytic Therapy, The
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