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"Routledge Classics is more than just a collection of texts...it embodies and circulates challenging ideas and keeps vital debates current and alive." – Hilary Mantel

The Routledge Classics series, with titles by Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mary Midgley, was launched in 2001. The series contains the very best of Routledge’s publishing over the past century or so, books that have, by popular consent, become established as classics in their field. Drawing on a fantastic heritage of innovative writing published by Routledge and its associated imprints, this series makes available in attractive, affordable form some of the most important works of modern times.

In 2021 we are delighted to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Routledge Classics series with the publication of fifteen stellar new titles. All include new forewords or introductions and eye-catching cover designs, a hallmark of the series.

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Sceptical Essays

Sceptical Essays

2nd Edition

By Bertrand Russell
March 02, 2004

'These propositions may seem mild, yet, if accepted, they would absolutely revolutionize human life.' With these words Bertrand Russell introduces what is indeed a revolutionary book. Taking as his starting-point the irrationality of the world, he offers by contrast something 'wildly paradoxical ...

The Philosophy of 'As If'

The Philosophy of 'As If'

2nd Edition

By Hans Vaihinger
May 31, 2021

Hans Vaihinger (1852–1933) was an important and fascinating figure in German philosophy in the early twentieth century, founding the well-known journal Kant-Studien. Yet he was overshadowed by the burgeoning movements of phenomenology and analytical philosophy, as well as hostility towards his work...

The Ecological Self

The Ecological Self

1st Edition

By Freya Mathews
May 27, 2021

Environmental disasters, from wildfires and vanishing species to flooding and drought, have increased dramatically in recent years and debates about the environment are rarely far from the headlines. There is growing awareness that these disasters are connected – indeed, that in the fabric of ...

The Explanation of Behaviour

The Explanation of Behaviour

1st Edition

By Charles Taylor
May 27, 2021

The Explanation of Behaviour was the first book written by the renowned philosopher Charles Taylor. A vitally important work of philosophical anthropology, it is a devastating criticism of the theory of behaviourism, a powerful explanatory approach in psychology and philosophy when Taylor's book ...

Waiting for God

Waiting for God

1st Edition

By Simone Weil
May 27, 2021

'You cannot get far in these essays without sensing yourself in the presence of a writer of immense intellectual power and fierce independence of mind.' - Janet Soskice, from the Introduction to the Routledge Classics edition Simone Weil (1909–1943) is one of the most brilliant and unorthodox ...

England Under the Stuarts

England Under the Stuarts

1st Edition

By G. M. Trevelyan
May 17, 2021

'While Germany boasts her Reformation and France her Revolution, England can point to her dealings with the House of Stuart.' - G.M. Trevelyan, from the Introduction England Under the Stuarts is an outstanding and highly engaging account of English history in the years between 1603 and 1714, ...

The Franco-Prussian War

The Franco-Prussian War

1st Edition

By Michael Howard
May 17, 2021

In 1870 the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck ordered the Prussian Army to invade France, inciting one of the most dramatic conflicts in European history. It transformed not only the states-system of the European continent but the whole climate of European moral and political thought. The ...

The Theory of Economic Development

The Theory of Economic Development

1st Edition

By Joseph A. Schumpeter
May 17, 2021

Joseph Schumpeter (1883–1950) is one of the most fascinating and influential economists of the twentieth century, renowned for his brilliant and unorthodox insights into the nature of capitalism. His students include leading economists such as Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow and the former chairman of...

The World We Have Lost

The World We Have Lost

1st Edition

By Peter Laslett
May 17, 2021

What was life like in England before the Industrial Revolution? The World We Have Lost is widely regarded as a classic of historical writing and a vital book in reshaping our understanding of the past and the structure of family life in England. Turning away from the prevailing fixation of ...

Excitable Speech A Politics of the Performative

Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative

1st Edition

By Judith Butler
March 30, 2021

‘When we claim to have been injured by language, what kind of claim do we make?’ - Judith Butler, Excitable Speech Excitable Speech is widely hailed as a tour de force and one of Judith Butler’s most important books. Examining in turn debates about hate speech, pornography and gayness within the ...

Anthropology and Modern Life

Anthropology and Modern Life

1st Edition

By Franz Boas
March 29, 2021

Franz Boas (1858–1942) is widely regarded as the founder of American anthropology. He influenced an astonishing variety of scholars and researchers, from the anthropologists Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict, to the philosopher W. E. B. DuBois, and novelist Zora Neale Hurston. Towards the end of his ...

Autistic States in Children

Autistic States in Children

3rd Edition

By Frances Tustin
March 29, 2021

Frances Tustin (1913-1994) was one of the first professionally trained child psychotherapists in Britain. Although internationally recognised for her pioneering therapeutic work with autistic children, her approach is considered by some to be controversial, as her psychogenic view of childhood ...

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