Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education

David V. Hicks - 1981
    David Hicks contends that the classical tradition promotes a spirit of inquiry that is concerned with the development of style and conscience, which makes it an effective and meaningful form of education. Dismissing notions that classical education is elitist and irrelevant, Hicks argues that the classical tradition can meet the needs of our increasingly technological society as well as serve as a feasible model for mass education.

Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion

Jane Ellen Harrison - 1903
    In Harrison's preface to this remarkable book, she writes that J. G. Frazer's work had become part and parcel of her mental furniture and that of others studying primitive religion. Today, those who write on ancient myth or ritual are bound to say the same about Harrison. Her essential ideas, best developed and most clearly put in the Prolegomena, have never been eclipsed.

The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching

Lao Tzu - 1979
    'The Complete Works of Lao Tzu' by Hua-Ching Ni is a remarkable elucidation of the famed 'Tao Teh Ching', the core of Taoist philosophy and a bridge to the subtle truth as well as a practical guideline for natural and harmonious living. Poetic and beautifully realized, this volumn contains one of the only written translations of the 'Hua Hu Ching.'

Collected Works of Leo Tolstoi

Leo Tolstoy - 1928
    This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

The Diamond Sutra and The Sutra of Hui-Neng

Hui-Neng - 1969
    It's known as the Diamond Sutra because its teachings are said to be like diamonds that cut away all dualistic thought, releasing one from the attachment to objects & bringing one to the further shore of enlightenment. The format of this important sutra is presented as a conversation between the Buddha & one of his disciples. The Sutra of Hui-neng, also known as the Platform Sutra, contains the autobiography of a pivotal figure in Zen history & some of the most profound passages of Zen literature. Hui-neng was the 6th patriarch of Zen in China, but is often regarded as the true father of the Zen tradition. He was a poor, illiterate woodcutter who is said to have attained enlightenment upon hearing a recitation of the Diamond Sutra. Together, these two scriptures present the central teaching of the Zen Buddhist tradition & are essential reading for all students of Buddhism.

The Selected Poems of Li Po

Li Po - 1996
    His work is suffused with Taoism and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism, but these seem not so much spiritual influences as the inborn form of his life.There is a set-phrase in Chinese referring to the phenomenon of Li Po: “Winds of the immortals, bones of the Tao.” He moved through this world with an unearthly freedom from attachment, and at the same time belonged profoundly to the earth and its process of change. However ethereal in spirit, his poems remain grounded in the everyday experience we all share. He wrote 1200 years ago, half a world away, but in his poems we see our world transformed. Legendary friends in eighth-century T’ang China, Li Po and Tu Fu are traditionally celebrated as the two greatest poets in the Chinese canon. David Hinton’s translation of Li Po’s poems is no less an achievement than his critically acclaimed The Selected Poems of Tu Fu, also published by New Directions. By reflecting the ambiguity and density of the original, Hinton continues to create compelling English poems that alter our conception of Chinese poetry.


Guru Gobind Singh - 1705
    Written in exquisite Persian verse, the 'Zafarnama' or 'Epistle of Victory' was a defiant message composed by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, and addressed to the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.In this brilliant new translation, Navtej Sarna brings to life the valiant voice of Guru Gobind Singh and the power of his poetic genius in a passionate disavowal of tyranny that remains ever relevant.

Dialogues and Letters

    4BC-AD 65) ranks among the most eloquent and influential masters of Latin prose. This selection explores his thoughts on philosophy and the trials of life. In the Consolation to Helvia he strives to offer solace to his mother, following his exile in AD 41, while On the Shortness of Life and On Tranquillity of Mind are lucid and compelling explorations of Stoic thought. Witty and self-critical, the Letters - written to his young friend Lucilius - explore Seneca's struggle to acquire philosophical wisdom. A fascinating insight into one of the greatest minds of Ancient Rome, these works inspired writers and thinkers including Montaigne, Rousseau, and Bacon, and continue to intrigue and enlighten.

Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche - 2010
    This comprehensive eBook presents Nietzsche’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Nietzsche’s life and works * Concise introductions to the novels and other texts * ALL the published books, with individual contents tables * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original German texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Includes rare translations of Nietzsche’s poetry * Easily locate the poems you want to read * Includes Nietzsche’s rare autobiography ‘Ecce Homo’ * Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Nietzsche’s contribution to modern thought * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please note: there are no known translations in the public domain of a few early essays. When more translations become available, they will be added to the collection as a free update. Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Philosophical Writings HOMER AND THE CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY ON THE FUTURE OF OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS THE GREEK STATE AND OTHER FRAGMENTS THE RELATION BETWEEN A SCHOPENHAUERIAN PHILOSOPHY AND A GERMAN CULTURE HOMER’S CONTEST THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY ON TRUTH AND LIES IN A NONMORAL SENSE PHILOSOPHY IN THE TRAGIC AGE OF THE GREEKS THOUGHTS OUT OF SEASON HUMAN, ALL TOO HUMAN THE DAWN OF DAY THE JOYFUL WISDOM THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS THE CASE OF WAGNER THE TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS THE ANTICHRIST NIETZSCHE CONTRA WAGNER THE WILL TO POWER WE PHILOLOGISTS The Poetry LIST OF POEMS LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Autobiography ECCE HOMO The Criticism FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE by George Brandes NIETZSCHE by John Cowper Powys NIETZSCHE AND WAGNER by Arthur Johnstone THE GERMAN WAR-TRIUMVIRATE by CHARLES SAROLEA PROPHETS OF DISSENT: NIETZSCHE by Otto Heller NIETZSCHE AND OTHER EXPONENTS OF INDIVIDUALISM by Paul Carus Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles

Behemoth, or The Long Parliament

Thomas Hobbes - 1682
    In De Cive (1642) and Leviathan (1651), the great political philosopher had developed an analytical framework for discussing sedition, rebellion, and the breakdown of authority. Behemoth, completed around 1668 and not published until after Hobbes's death, represents the systematic application of this framework to the English Civil War. In his insightful and substantial Introduction, Stephen Holmes examines the major themes and implications of Behemoth in Hobbes's system of thought. Holmes notes that a fresh consideration of Behemoth dispels persistent misreadings of Hobbes, including the idea that man is motivated solely by a desire for self-preservation. Behemoth, which is cast as a series of dialogues between a teacher and his pupil, locates the principal cause of the Civil War less in economic interests than in the stubborn irrationality of key actors. It also shows more vividly than any of Hobbes's other works the importance of religion in his theories of human nature and behavior. "The placing of Hobbes's political thought in its historical context--and specifically, viewing it as a direct response to and interpretation of the English Civil War--necessarily has the consequence of increasing the value of Behemoth, Hobbes's own analysis of that event. Students (and scholars) who wish to know not only how the Civil War shaped Hobbes's political thinking but also why it retained its central place in his thought nearly twenty years after he wrote Leviathan will have to turn to Behemoth for the answers." -- Richard Ashcraft

The Final Martyrs

Shūsaku Endō - 1994
    The themes are akin to those in the author's novels (Silence and The Sea and Poison, for example): the martyrdom of Roman Catholics in Japan; coming to terms with old age - a compound of infirmity, fear, and pangs of nostalgia; the incongruity of Japanese travelers in Europe; spiritual doubt and sexual yearning; and, clearly, elements of autobiography, particularly of Endo's lonely boyhood unhappiness over the strife between his parents that ended in divorce. There is no other contemporary Japanese writer who has achieved such a balanced blend of things Western with those inherently Japanese. As John Updike comments in The New Yorker, Endo's work is "sombre, delicate, startlingly emphatic." It is also uniquely moving in its compassionate exploration of the human condition.

The First Ten Books (Penguin Great Ideas)

    They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

Poems of the Masters: China's Classic Anthology of T'ang and Sung Dynasty Verse

Red Pine - 2003
    For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China’s celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu.Poems of the Masters was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960–1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understanding.As Red Pine writes in his introduction: "Nothing was significant without a poem, no social or ritual occasion, no political or personal event was considered complete without a few well-chosen words that summarized the complexities of the Chinese vision of reality and linked that vision with the beat of their hearts . . . [Poetry’s] greatest flowering was in the T’ang and Sung, when suddenly it was everywhere: in the palace, in the street, in every household, every inn, every monastery, in every village square.""Chiupu River Song" by Li PaiMy white hair extends three milesthe sorrow of parting made it this longwho would guess to look in a mirrorwhere autumn frost comes fromRed Pine (the pen name of writer and independent scholar Bill Porter) is one of the world’s most respected translators of Chinese literature, bringing into English several of China’s central religious and literary texts: Taoteching, The Diamond Sutra, Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma, and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

The Wisdom of Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran - 1962
    Dimensions: 18x12 cm

Heaven and Hell

Aldous Huxley - 1956
    Heaven and Hell