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Common Sense

Enormously popular and widely read pamphlet, first published in January of 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. This highly influential landmark document attacks the monarchy, cites the evils of government and combines idealism with practical economic concerns. Genre: Non-Fiction, Political science, […]


Genre: Non-Fiction, Political science, Social science

Free As In Freedom

“Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software” is a free book licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It is a biography of Richard Stallman, an American software freedom activist and computer programmer. In 1983 he launched the GNU Project to create a free Unix-like operating system, and in Ocober 1985 he […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Non-Fiction

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 science fiction novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott. As a satire, Flatland offered pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions; in a foreword to one of the many publications of the […]


Genre: Fiction, Human Science, Humor, Non-Fiction, Philosophy & Psychology, Romance, Science & Technology

The Age of Reason

The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, a deistic treatise written by eighteenth-century British radical and American revolutionary Thomas Paine, critiques institutionalized religion and challenges the inerrancy of the Bible. Published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, it was a bestseller in America, where it caused a short-lived […]


Genre: Human Science, Non-Fiction, Philosophy & Psychology, Religion

Symposium
by Plato

The Symposium (Ancient Greek: ?????????) is a philosophical dialogue written by Plato sometime after 385 BC. It is a discussion on the nature of love, taking the form of a group of speeches, both satirical and serious, given by a group of men at a symposium or a wine drinking gathering at the house of […]


Genre: Human Science, Non-Fiction, Philosophy & Psychology

Utilitarianism

John Stuart Mill’s book Utilitarianism is a philosophical defense of utilitarianism in ethics. The essay first appeared as a series of three articles published in Fraser’s Magazine in 1861; the articles were collected and reprinted as a single book in 1863. It went through four editions during Mill’s lifetime with minor additions and revisions. Although […]


Genre: Human Science, Non-Fiction, Philosophy & Psychology