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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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Structuralist Poetics Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature

Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature

2nd Edition

By Jonathan Culler
November 15, 2002

A work of technical skill as well as outstanding literary merit, Structuralist Poetics was awarded the 1975 James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association. It was during the writing of this book that Culler developed his now famous and remarkably complex theory of poetics and ...

The Stars Down to Earth

The Stars Down to Earth

2nd Edition

By Theodor Adorno
December 07, 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 ...

Conjectures and Refutations The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

2nd Edition

By Karl Popper
August 09, 2002

Conjectures and Refutations is one of Karl Popper's most wide-ranging and popular works, notable not only for its acute insight into the way scientific knowledge grows, but also for applying those insights to politics and to history. It provides one of the clearest and most accessible statements of...

Man Meets Dog

Man Meets Dog

1st Edition

By Konrad Lorenz
August 09, 2002

In this wonderful book, the famous scientist and best-selling author, Konrad Lorenz, 'the man who talked with animals', enlightens and entertains us with his illustrated account of the unique relationship between humans and their pets. Displaying Lorenz's customary humanity and expert knowledge of ...

Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist

Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist

2nd Edition

By D.T. Suzuki
August 02, 2002

If the Western world knows anything about Zen Buddhism, it is down to the efforts of one remarkable man, D.T. Suzuki. The twenty-seven year-old Japanese scholar first visited the West in 1897, and over the course of the next seventy years became the world's leading authority on Zen. His radical and...

The Open Society and its Enemies The Spell of Plato

The Open Society and its Enemies: The Spell of Plato

1st Edition

By Karl Popper
July 11, 2002

Written in political exile during the Second World War and first published in 1945, Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies is one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. Hailed by Bertrand Russell as a 'vigorous and profound defence of democracy', its now legendary attack on...

Letter to a Priest

Letter to a Priest

2nd Edition

By Simone Weil
May 15, 2002

Letter to a Priest encapsulates the sharp wit and questioning nature of Simone Weil. Regarded by Susan Sontag as 'one of the most uncompromising and troubling witnesses to the modern travail of the spirit', Weil grips the moral imagination as few others before or since. She was only thirty four ...

The Poverty of Historicism

The Poverty of Historicism

1st Edition

By Karl Popper
March 29, 2002

First published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

The Sane Society

The Sane Society

2nd Edition

By Erich Fromm
October 11, 2001

Following the publication of the seminal Fear of Freedom, Erich Fromm applied his unique vision to a critique of contemporary capitalism in The Sane Society. Where the former dealt with man's historic inability to come to terms with his sense of isolation, and the dangers to which this can lead, ...

Ecrits: A Selection

Ecrits: A Selection

1st Edition

By Jacques Lacan
July 16, 2001

Genius and charismatic leader of a psychoanalytic movement that in the 1950s and 1960s provided a focal point for the French intelligentsia, Jacques Lacan attracted a cult following. Ecrits is his most important work, bringing together twenty-seven articles and lectures originally published between...

The Fear of Freedom

The Fear of Freedom

2nd Edition

By Erich Fromm
July 16, 2001

Erich Fromm sees right to the heart of our contradictory needs for community and for freedom like no other writer before or since. In Fear of Freedom, Fromm warns that the price of community is indeed high, and it is the individual who pays. Fascism and authoritarianism may seem like receding ...

The Course of German History A Survey of the Development of German History since 1815

The Course of German History: A Survey of the Development of German History since 1815

2nd Edition

By A.J.P. Taylor
May 23, 2001

One of A.J.P. Taylor's best-known books, The Course of German History is a notoriously idiosyncratic work. Composed in his famously witty style, yet succinct to the point of sharpness, this is one of the great historian's finest, if more controversial, accomplishments. As Taylor himself noted,...

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