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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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The Need for Roots Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind

The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind

2nd Edition

By Simone Weil
November 09, 2001

Hailed by Andre Gide as the patron saint of all outsiders, Simone Weil's short life was ample testimony to her beliefs. In 1942 she fled France along with her family, going firstly to America. She then moved back to London in order to work with de Gaulle. Published posthumously The Need for Roots ...

The Way of Man According to the Teachings of Hasidism

The Way of Man: According to the Teachings of Hasidism

2nd Edition

By Martin Buber
April 04, 2002

Martin Buber was one of the most significant religious thinkers of the twentieth century. In this short and remarkable book he presents the essential teachings of Hasidism, the mystical Jewish movement which swept through Eastern Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Told through ...

Why I am not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Why I am not a Christian: and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

2nd Edition

By Bertrand Russell
February 02, 2004

While its tone is playful and frivolous, this book poses tough questions over the nature of religion and belief. Religion provides comfortable responses to the questions that have always beset humankind - why are we here, what is the point of being alive, how ought we to behave? Russell ...

England Under the Tudors

England Under the Tudors

1st Edition

By G.R. Elton
October 31, 2018

‘Anyone who writes about the Tudor century puts his head into a number of untamed lions’ mouths.’ G.R. Elton, Preface Geoffrey Elton (1921–1994) was one of the great historians of the Tudor period. England Under the Tudors is his major work and an outstanding history of a crucial and turbulent ...

Professional Ethics and Civic Morals

Professional Ethics and Civic Morals

1st Edition

By Emile Durkheim
September 25, 2018

Émile Durkheim is one of the founding fathers of sociology and Professional Ethics and Civic Morals is one of his most neglected yet insightful works. Durkheim's view that the instability of industrial society was connected to the decline of religion and his characterization of the state as ...

The Bounds of Sense An Essay on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

The Bounds of Sense: An Essay on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

1st Edition

By Peter Strawson
September 25, 2018

Peter Strawson (1919–2006) was one of the leading British philosophers of his generation and an influential figure in a golden age for British philosophy between 1950 and 1970. The Bounds of Sense is one of the most influential books ever written about Kant’s philosophy, and is one of the key ...

Main Currents in Sociological Thought 2 Volume Set

Main Currents in Sociological Thought: 2 Volume Set

1st Edition

By Raymond Aron
September 24, 2018

Raymond Aron's classic two-volume study of the sociological tradition is arguably the definitive work of its kind. More than a work of reconstruction, Aron's study is, at its deepest level, an engagement with the question of modernity: What constitutes the essence of the modern order that, having ...

Main Currents in Sociological Thought: Volume 2 Durkheim, Pareto, Weber

Main Currents in Sociological Thought: Volume 2: Durkheim, Pareto, Weber

1st Edition

By Raymond Aron
September 24, 2018

This is the second of Raymond Aron's classic two-volume survey of the sociological tradition – arguably the definitive work of its kind. Aron explores the work of three figures who profoundly shaped sociology as it entered the twentieth century: Émile Durkheim, who continued Auguste Comte's quest ...

Main Currents in Sociological Thought: Volume One Montesquieu, Comte, Marx, De Tocqueville: The Sociologists and the Revolution of 1848

Main Currents in Sociological Thought: Volume One: Montesquieu, Comte, Marx, De Tocqueville: The Sociologists and the Revolution of 1848

1st Edition

By Raymond Aron
September 24, 2018

This is the first part of Raymond Aron's landmark two-volume study of the sociological tradition—arguably the definitive work of its kind. More than a work of reconstruction, Aron's study is, at its deepest level, an engagement with the very question of modernity: how did the intellectual currents ...

Totem and Taboo

Totem and Taboo

2nd Edition

By Sigmund Freud
September 11, 2018

Widely acknowledged to be one of Freud's greatest cultural works, when Totem and Taboo was first published in 1913, it caused outrage. Thorough and thought-provoking, Totem and Taboo remains the fullest exploration of Freud's most famous themes. Family, society, religion - they're all put on the ...

Psychology and the East

Psychology and the East

1st Edition

By C.G. Jung
March 17, 2008

'These writings of his are strongly alive; in most instances Jung does not present us with final solutions and last words about any of the great East-West problems, but rather with suggestions for a deeper kind of approach, thus opening up new planes of investigation.' - Journal of Analytical ...

The Order of Things

The Order of Things

2nd Edition

By Michel Foucault
December 21, 2001

When one defines "order" as a sorting of priorities, it becomes beautifully clear as to what Foucault is doing here. With virtuoso showmanship, he weaves an intensely complex history of thought. He dips into literature, art, economics and even biology in The Order of Things, possibly one of the ...

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