Nonfiction

Emma Goldman – The Truth About the Bolsheviki

Emma Goldman was initially supportive of Russias Bolshevik revolution. This 1918 pamphlet was published in elucidation of the revolution and in justification of the Bolsheviks. Goldman reversed her opinion in the wake of the Kronstadt rebellion and denounced the Soviet Union for its violent repression of independent voices.

John Locke – The Second Treatise on Civil Government

The English philosopher and physician John Locke (1632 – 1704) is widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. His work had a significant effect on the development of epistemology and political philosophy. The Second Treatise on Civil Government places sovereignty in the hands of the people, as Locke’s fundamental argument is …

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Bartolome de las Casas – A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies

A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies is the story of the Spanish Dominican priest Bartolome de las Casas, who came to the Americas in the 16th century. Immediately he was struck by the inhumane ways in which the native peoples were treated by the European explorers and conquerors, Las Casas went on …

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Sir Earnest Shackleton – South

With the first world war raging across Europe, Shackleton’s expedition to cross the South Pole became trapped by ice. Their ship, the Endurance, was crushed and the men were forced to survive in and escape from one of the world’s most hostile environments.

Sigmund Freud – Civilization and Its Discontents, Totem and Taboo

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is remembered as the father of psychoanalysis. Civilization and Its Discontents (1930) is one of his key works. In it he considers the conflict between the needs of the individual acting both egotistically and altruistically in the pursuit of happiness and the myriad demands of civilised society and the ensuing tensions this …

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Aristotle – On Sleep and Sleeplessness

Aristotles writings cover many subjects, including aesthetics, biology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government. They constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. “On Sleep and Sleeplessness” attempts to explain the reasons for sleeping. He argues that sleep and wakefulness are both affections of the activity of the primary faculty …

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