Philosophical Classics

I recently finished reading Berkeley’s main works on idealism and found his views thought-provoking and relevant, despite being written a few hundred years ago.  Philosophical classics often stand the test of time, and often a great way to start exploring a philosophical position is to read the classics.

Yet there is one test of time these classics often fail: language. Because of their age, they often use language in ways unfamiliar to us today.  This — coupled with their specific and peculiar use of certain terms — creates significant potential for misunderstanding.

Modernized versions exist, but — unlike the original editions — they are rarely free.  Fortunately, this site has free modernized versions of many philosophical classics like Hume, Berkeley and Kant.

In the site’s own words:

On this site you will find versions of some classics of early modern philosophy, and a few from the 19th century, prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought.

I hope you enjoy!

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