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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

de Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau wrote his famous essay, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, as a protest against an unjust but popular war and the immoral but popular institution of slave-owning.

Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave

Thoughts are Things

de Prentice Mulford

Prentice Mulford was instrumental in the founding of the popular philosophy, New Thought, along with other notable writers including Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mulford's book, Thoughts are Things served as a guide...

The Practice of the Presence of God

de Brother Lawrence

The Practice of the Presence of God is a text compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort of the wisdom and teachings of Brother Lawrence, a 17th century Carmelite monk. It is a collection of his letters, and records...

The Pilgrim's Progress

de John Bunyan

The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan and published in February, 1678. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of English...

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

de David Hume

David Hume, the 18th century philosopher, economist, and historian, uses a lively Socratic discussion by three characters to explore the nature of religion and God, particularly whether and how one can know...

King John

de William Shakespeare

The Life and Death of King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatizes the reign of King John of England (ruled 1199–1216), son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine and father of Henry...

The Necessity of Atheism

de David Marshall Brooks

Excerpts: "There are no problems related to human progress and happiness in this age which any theology can solve, and which the teachings of freethought cannot do better and without the aid of encumbrances....

The Cloud of Unknowing

de Anonymous

The Cloud of Unknowing is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism written in the latter half of the 14th century. The text is a spiritual guide to contemplative prayer. "Be willing to be blind, and give up...

The Yellow Wallpaper

de Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a 6,000-word short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American...

The Confessions

de Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In his Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist and philosopher...

Through Russia

de Maxim Gorky

A collection of short stories about Russia.

The United States Constitution

de James Madison

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. It is the foundation and source of the legal authority underlying the existence of the United States of America and the...

Childhood

Free As In Freedom

de Sam Williams

"Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software" is a free book licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It is a biography of Richard Stallman, an American software freedom activist...

The Varieties of Religious Experience

de William James

These lectures concerning the nature of religion were delivered at the University of Edinburgh between 1901 and 1902. Soon after its publication, the book found its way into the canon of psychology and philosophy,...

Symposium

de Plato

The Symposium (Ancient Greek: Συμπόσιον) is a philosophical dialogue written by Plato sometime after 385 BC. It is a discussion on the nature of love, taking the form of a group of speeches, both satirical...

The Technique of the Mystery Story

de Carolyn Wells

Do you love mystery stories, such as the Sherlock Holmes stories and those of Edgar Allan Poe and Agatha Christie? Do you ever yearn to be a good writer of mysteries? Carolyn Wells was a prolific author of mystery...

Proposed Roads to Freedom

de Bertrand Russell

In this book Russell weighs the respective advantages and disadvantages of Socialism, Marxism and Syndicalism.

Eugenics and Other Evils

de Gilbert Keith Chesterton

From the introduction: "I publish these essays at the present time for a particular reason connected with the present situation; a reason which I should like briefly to emphasise and make clear. Though most...