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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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Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare

Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare

1st Edition

By Bertrand Russell
August 13, 2009

Written at the height of the Cold War in 1959, Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare was published in an effort 'to prevent the catastrophe which would result from a large scale H-bomb war'. Bertrand Russell’s staunch anti-war stance is made very clear in this highly controversial text, which outlines ...

Keeping Faith Philosophy and Race in America

Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America

1st Edition

By Cornel West
September 11, 2008

'The sheer range of West's interests and insights is staggering and exemplary: he appears equally comfortable talking about literature, ethics, art, jurisprudence, religion, and popular-cultural forms.' - Artforum Keeping Faith is a rich, moving and deeply personal collection of essays from one of ...

Aping Mankind

Aping Mankind

1st Edition

By Raymond Tallis
April 07, 2016

Neuroscience has made astounding progress in the understanding of the brain. What should we make of its claims to go beyond the brain and explain consciousness, behaviour and culture? Where should we draw the line? In this brilliant critique Raymond Tallis dismantles "Neuromania", arising out of ...

Can It Happen Again? Essays on Instability and Finance

Can It Happen Again?: Essays on Instability and Finance

1st Edition

By Hyman Minsky
April 07, 2016

In the winter of 1933, the American financial and economic system collapsed. Since then economists, policy makers and financial analysts throughout the world have been haunted by the question of whether "It" can happen again. In 2008 "It" very nearly happened again as banks and mortgage lenders in ...

From Puritanism to Postmodernism A History of American Literature

From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature

1st Edition

By Richard Ruland, Malcolm Bradbury
April 07, 2016

Widely acknowledged as a contemporary classic that has introduced thousands of readers to American literature, From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature brilliantly charts the fascinating story of American literature from the Puritan legacy to the advent of postmodernism. ...

Lines A Brief History

Lines: A Brief History

1st Edition

By Tim Ingold
April 05, 2016

What do walking, weaving, observing, storytelling, singing, drawing and writing have in common? The answer is that they all proceed along lines. In this extraordinary book Tim Ingold imagines a world in which everyone and everything consists of interwoven or interconnected lines and lays the ...

The Impact of Science on Society

The Impact of Science on Society

1st Edition

By Bertrand Russell
April 05, 2016

Many of the revolutionary effects of science and technology are obvious enough. Bertrand Russell saw in the 1950s that there are also many negative aspects of scientific innovation. Insightful and controversial in equal measure, Russell argues that science offers the world greater well-being than ...

From Solon to Socrates Greek History and Civilization During the 6th and 5th Centuries BC

From Solon to Socrates: Greek History and Civilization During the 6th and 5th Centuries BC

1st Edition

By Victor Ehrenberg
October 19, 2010

From Solon to Socrates is a magisterial narrative introduction to what is generally regarded as the most important period of Greek history. Stressing the unity of Greek history and the centrality of Athens, Victor Ehrenberg covers a rich and diverse range of political, economic, military and ...

Shakespeare's Ghost Writers Literature as Uncanny Causality

Shakespeare's Ghost Writers: Literature as Uncanny Causality

1st Edition

By Marjorie Garber
May 11, 2010

The plays of Shakespeare are filled with ghosts – and ghost writing. Shakespeare's Ghost Writers is an examination of the authorship controversy surrounding Shakespeare: the claim made repeatedly that the plays were ghost written. Ghosts take the form of absences, erasures, even forgeries and ...

Heart and Mind The Varieties of Moral Experience

Heart and Mind: The Varieties of Moral Experience

3rd Edition

By Mary Midgley
February 06, 2003

With a new introduction by the author. It is a book of superb spirit and style, more entertaining than a work of philosophy has any right to be.’ – Times Literary Supplement. Throughout our lives we are making moral choices. Some decisions simply direct our everyday comings and goings; others ...

A History of the Roman World 753 to 146 BC

A History of the Roman World: 753 to 146 BC

1st Edition

By H. H. Scullard
October 15, 2012

With a new foreword by Tim Cornell ‘Can anyone be so indifferent or idle as not to care to know by what means and under what kind of polity almost the whole inhabited world was conquered and bought under the dominion of a single city of Rome?’ – Polybius, Greek Historian The city of Rome created ...

The World of Parmenides Essays on the Presocratic Enlightenment

The World of Parmenides: Essays on the Presocratic Enlightenment

1st Edition

By Karl Sir Popper
April 26, 2012

With a new foreword by Scott Austin 'I hope that these essays may illustrate the thesis that all history is or should be the history of problem situations, and that in following this principle we may further our understanding of the Presocratics and other thinkers of the past. The essays also try...

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