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Routledge Classics


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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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Between Man and Man

Between Man and Man

2nd Edition

By Martin Buber
May 03, 2002

Scholar, theologian and philosopher, Martin Buber is one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers. He believed that the deepest reality of human life lies in the relationship between one being and another. Between Man and Man is the classic work where he puts this belief into practice,...

Myth and Meaning

Myth and Meaning

1st Edition

By Claude Lévi-Strauss
May 17, 2001

In addresses written for a wide general audience, one of the twentieth century's most prominent thinkers, Claude Lévi-Strauss, here offers the insights of a lifetime on the crucial questions of human existence. Responding to questions as varied as 'Can there be meaning in chaos?', 'What can science...

Principles of Literary Criticism

Principles of Literary Criticism

1st Edition

By I.A. Richards
September 02, 2003

Ivor Armstrong Richards was one of the founders of modern literary criticism. He enthused a generation of writers and readers and was an influential supporter of the young T.S. Eliot. Principles of Literary Criticism was the text that first established his reputation and pioneered the movement that...

Stories and Tales

Stories and Tales

2nd Edition

By Hans Christian Andersen
August 30, 2002

A true classic of Western literature, Stories and Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, arguably the most notable children's writer of all, has delighted young and old for generations. This unique collection was first translated for George Routledge over 130 years ago. Completely reset, but ...

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

2nd Edition

By Ludwig Wittgenstein
June 26, 2001

Perhaps the most important work of philosophy written in the twentieth century, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was the only philosophical work that Ludwig Wittgenstein published during his lifetime. Written in short, carefully numbered paragraphs of extreme brilliance, it captured the imagination ...

Evolution as a Religion Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears

Evolution as a Religion: Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears

2nd Edition

By Mary Midgley, Mary Midgley
March 29, 2002

According to The Guardian, Midgley is 'the foremost scourge of scientific pretentions in this country; someone whose wit is admired even by those who fee she sometimes oversteps the mark'.  This book examines how science comes to be used as a substitute for religion and points out how badly ...

Wickedness

Wickedness

2nd Edition

By Dr Mary Midgley, Mary Midgley
June 29, 2001

To look into the darkness of the human soul is a frightening venture. Here Mary Midgley does so, with her customary brilliance and clarity. In Wickedness she sets out to delineate not so much the nature of wickedness as its actual sources. Midgley's analysis proves that the capacity for real ...

King Solomon's Ring

King Solomon's Ring

2nd Edition

By Konrad Lorenz
August 09, 2002

Solomon, the legend goes, had a magic ring which enabled him to speak to the animals in their own language. Konrad Lorenz was gifted with a similar power of understanding the animal world. He was that rare beast, a brilliant scientist who could write (and indeed draw) beautifully. He did more than ...

The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

1st Edition

By Frances Yates
July 02, 2001

It is hard to overestimate the importance of the contribution made by Dame Frances Yates to the serious study of esotericism and the occult sciences. To her work can be attributed the contemporary understanding of the occult origins of much of Western scientific thinking, indeed of Western ...

Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions

Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions

2nd Edition

By Jean-Paul Sartre
December 21, 2001

Although written fairly early in his career, in 1939, Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions is considered to be one of Jean-Paul Sartre's most important pieces of writing. It not only anticipates but argues many of the ideas to be found in his famous Being and Nothingness. By subjecting the emotion ...

Man for Himself An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics

Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics

1st Edition

By Erich Fromm
April 24, 2003

Erich Fromm fought long and hard for the rights and freedoms of the individual. He also recognized that fundamental to this pursuit is the promotion of self-knowledge. In encouraging people to analyze their own behavior, Fromm identified the crucial link between psychology and ethics that underpins...

Gravity and Grace

Gravity and Grace

1st Edition

By Simone Weil
November 12, 2002

Gravity and Grace was the first ever publication by the remarkable thinker and activist, Simone Weil. In it Gustave Thibon, the farmer to whom she had entrusted her notebooks before her untimely death, compiled in one remarkable volume a compendium of her writings that have become a source of ...

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