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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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I and Thou
"I Have a Dream"
Ibis
Id, The Ego and the
Ideas, Adventures of
Ideas; Six Great
Idiot, The
Idols, Twilight of the
Idomeneus, Letter to
Iliad
Illusion, The Future of an
Ilych, The Death of Ivan
Imaginary Invalid, The
Imitation of Christ, On the
Immortality, Intimations of
Importance, A Woman of No
Importance of Being Earnest, The
Impostor, The
Inaugural Address, 1st (Lincoln)
Inaugural Address, 2nd (Lincoln)
Incarnation, On the
Independence, Declaration of
Indestructibility of Our Inner Nature, The
Individual Freedom
Inequality, On the Origin of
Inferno
Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety
Injuries of the Head, On
Inner Nature, The Indestructibility of Our
Innocence, Songs of
Innocents Abroad
Inquiry; Logic, the Theory of
Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, An
Inquiry into Meaning and Truth, An
Inquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, An
Instincts and Their Vicissitudes
Institutes of the Christian Religion
Instruments of Reduction
Intellect: Mind Over Matter
Intercourse, Truth of
Interior Castle
Interpretation, On
Interpretation of Dreams, The
Intimations of Immortality
Introduction to Arithmetic
Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy
Introduction to Mathematics, An
Introduction to the Metaphysics of Morals
Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation
Introduction to the Propyläen
Introduction to Psychoanalysis, A General
Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine
Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, New
Invalid, The Imaginary
Ion (Euripides)
Ion (Plato)
Iphigenia Among the Taurians
Iphigenia at Aulis
Island, Treasure
Isthmian Odes
Italy, A Sentimental Journey Through France and
Ivan Denisovich, One Day in the Life of
Ivan the Fool
Ivan Ilych, The Death of
Ivanhoe
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