Past Masters is an abundantly useful online collection of primary source texts, mainly in philosophy, which has proven to be highly popular among those who have discovered it.
It consists of scholarly editions of great writers and thinkers, usually the complete or collected works in the original language or in English translation. At present, our Past Masters holdings include the works of Anselm, Aquinas, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Dewey, Feuerbach, Fichte, Foucault, Hegel, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Leibniz, Locke, Marx and Engels, Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Pascal, Peirce, Plato, Santayana, Schopenhauer, Spinoza, Wittgenstein, and Wollstonecraft.
We also have several period collections that contain many further important works: The Latin Background: 1100-1550, The Continental Rationalists, British Philosophy: 1600-1900, The Romantic Age, and Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill.
Apart from the convenience of being able to read these works online, on a mobile device, or select sections to print, it’s also very handy to be able to search the full text. You can do this not only for individual works, but for whole collections as well. For example, if you know that Merleau-Ponty discusses marxisme in parts of his corpus, but you don’t know exactly where, Past Masters will create a neatly formatted list of the places in each work where the term occurs.
We are continuing to expand our access to Past Masters collections, so look out for new works to be added in the future.
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