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THE PHILOSOPHERS IN AN HOUR OR SO ...

THE ABRIDGED TEXTS
Aristotle - Ethics
Aristotle - Politics
Augustine - Confessions
Ayer - Language, Truth and Logic
Bacon - Advancement of Learning
Bentham - Morals and Legislation
Berkeley - Principles of Human Knowledge
Boethius - Consolations of Philosophy
Burke - Revolution in France
Cicero - Friendship and Old Age
Clausewitz - On War
Comte - Positive Philosophy
Confucius - The Analects
Copernicus - The Revolutions
Darwin - The Origin of Species
Descartes - Discourse on Method
Descartes - Meditations
Einstein's Relativity
Emerson - Nature
Epicurus - Sovran Maxims
Erasmus - Praise of Folly
Euclid - Elements
Freud - Psychoanalysis
Galileo - Two World Systems
Hayek - The Road to Serfdom
Hegel - Philosophy of History
Hegel - Philosophy of Religion
Hobbes - Leviathan
Hume - Human Understanding
James - Varieties of Religious Experience
Kant - Critiques of Reason
Kant - Metaphysics of Morals
Kierkegaard - Either Or
Leibniz - Monadology
Locke - Human Understanding
Machiavelli - The Prince
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
Marx - The Communist Manifesto
Marx and Engels - German Ideology
Mill - On Liberty
Mill - System of Logic
More - Utopia
Newton - Principia
Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
Nietzsche - Genealogy of Morals
Paine - Rights of Man
Pascal - Thoughts
Plato - The Apology
Plato - The Republic
Plato - The Symposium
Popper - Scientific Discovery
Rand - Selfishness
Rousseau - Confessions
Rousseau - Social Contract
Sade - Philosophy in the Boudoir
Sartre - Existentialism is a Humanism
Schopenhauer - World as Will and Idea
Smith - Wealth of Nations
Spinoza - Ethics
The Ancient Greeks
The Aphorisms of the Philosophers
Thoreau - Walden
Tocqueville - America
Turing - Computing Machinery
Wittgenstein - Tractatus
Wollstonecraft - Rights of Woman





A man's brain is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, the skillful workman will have nothing but the tools which may help him. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls, it is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.




Why Sqapo
who some people hate bad abridgememts

with good reason too

not a condensed version,

like the despicable 100-minute Bible, which is actually some bloke's opinion of what he thinks is, or in some cases ought, to be in the bible.
Or the silly Cliff Notes which are just someone's opinion of what they think is in, or ought to be in, a text.

Reader's Digest were actually re-tellings of less-than-successful novels into short stories

The world, it seems to me, is somewhat too complicated to understand in detail.



THE RULES of WORTHY ABRIDGEMENT

The reader must know this is an abridgement, that it is not the original.

It should be based on a sound original text, or a favoured translation

The original words, in their original order

Particular pasages and phrases are famous for good reason. These should be included in full. If if the abridger doen't think they're worthy, or even that they misrepresent the text, famous-ness is part of understanding the world. Being aware of what is commonly thought to be the case is just as important, if not more so, than knowing what the truth is.

7,000 words is the reasonable upper limit for an intelligent adult
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