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Common Sense

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Thomas Paine


Common Sense, Paine's pro-independence monograph published anonymously on 10 January 1776, spread quickly among literate colonists. Within t…

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin


Franklin wrote his autobiography in the form of an extended letter to his son. While recording the events of his life, he adds instructions …

The Philosophy of Style

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Herbert Spencer


“The Philosophy of Style,” explored a growing trend of formalist approaches to writing. Highly focused on the proper placement and ordering …

Essays on Some Unsettled Questions of Political Economy

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John Stuart Mill


This is Mill’s first work on economics. It foreshadows his Political Economy which was the standard Anglo-American Economics textbook of the…

Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy

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George Santayana


Before the beginning of World War II, during the time of the Modernist movement in philosophy, George Santayana wrote these five descriptive…

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In An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

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Jeremy Bentham


Jeremy Bentham's Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, a classic text in modern philosophy and jurisprudence, first publ…

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In The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

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Olaudah Equiano


The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, written in 1789, is the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano. It discusses his time sp…