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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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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 ...

Chisungu A Girl's Initiation Ceremony Among the Bemba of Zambia

Chisungu: A Girl's Initiation Ceremony Among the Bemba of Zambia

2nd Edition

By Audrey Richards
March 29, 2021

Audrey Richards (1899-1984) was a leading British anthropologist of the twentieth century and the first woman president of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Based on fieldwork conducted at a time when the discipline was dominated by male anthropologists, Chisungu: A Girl’s Initiation Ceremony ...

Economic Philosophy

Economic Philosophy

1st Edition

By Joan Robinson
March 29, 2021

Joan Robinson (1903-1983) was one of the greatest economists of the twentieth century and a fearless critic of free-market capitalism. A major figure in the controversial ‘Cambridge School’ of economics in the post-war period, she made fundamental contributions to the economics of international ...

The Origin and Goal of History

The Origin and Goal of History

1st Edition

By Karl Jaspers
March 29, 2021

Karl Jaspers (1883–1969) was a German psychiatrist and philosopher and one of the most original European thinkers of the twentieth century. As a major exponent of existentialism in Germany, he had a strong influence on modern theology, psychiatry and philosophy. He was Hannah Arendt’s supervisor ...

The World of Goods

The World of Goods

1st Edition

By Mary Douglas, Baron Isherwood
March 29, 2021

It is well-understood that the consumption of goods plays an important, symbolic role in the way human beings communicate, create identity, and establish relationships. What is less well-known is that the pattern of their flow shapes society in fundamental ways. In this book the renowned ...

Portraits from Memory And Other Essays

Portraits from Memory: And Other Essays

1st Edition

By Bertrand Russell
November 30, 2020

‘I have come to think that one of the main causes of trouble in the world is dogmatic and fanatical belief in some doctrine for which there is no adequate evidence.’ – Bertrand Russell, Portraits from Memory Portraits from Memory is one of Bertrand Russell’s most self-reflective and engaging books...

The Problem of China

The Problem of China

1st Edition

By Bertrand Russell
November 30, 2020

'China, by her resources and her population, is capable of being the greatest power in the world after the United States.' Bertrand Russell, The Problem of China In 1920 the philosopher Bertrand Russell spent a year in China as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Beijing (then Peking), ...

The Stars Down to Earth

The Stars Down to Earth

2nd Edition

By Theodor Adorno
November 21, 2001

The Stars Down to Earth shows us a stunningly prescient Adorno. Haunted by the ugly side of American culture industries he used the different angles provided by each of these three essays to showcase the dangers inherent in modern obsessions with consumption. He engages with some of his most ...

Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Modern Man in Search of a Soul

2nd Edition

By C.G. Jung
December 15, 2005

Modern Man in Search of a Soul is the perfect introduction to the theories and concepts of one of the most original and influential religious thinkers of the twentieth century. Lively and insightful, it covers all of his most significant themes, including man's need for a God and the mechanics of ...

The Culture Industry Selected Essays on Mass Culture

The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture

2nd Edition

By Theodor W Adorno, J. M. Bernstein
May 30, 2001

The creation of the Frankfurt School of critical theory in the 1920s saw the birth of some of the most exciting and challenging writings of the twentieth century. It is out of this background that the great critic Theodor Adorno emerged. His finest essays are collected here, offering the reader ...

Romantic Image

Romantic Image

2nd Edition

By Frank Kermode
November 21, 2001

For the past four decades Frank Kermode, critic and writer, has steadily established himself as one of the most brilliant minds of his generation. Questioning the public's harsh perception of 'the artist', Kermode at the same time gently pokes fun at artists' own, often inflated, self-image. He ...

The Wheel of Fire

The Wheel of Fire

2nd Edition

By G. Wilson Knight
May 18, 2001

Originally published in 1930, this classic of modern Shakespeare criticism proves both enlightening and innovative. Standing head and shoulders above all other Shakespearean interpretations, this is the masterwork of the brilliant English scholar, G. Wilson Knight. Founding a new and influential ...

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