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This novel is considered both a satire on human nature and a parody of traveller's tales. It is an indisputable classic of English literature, and Swift's most celebrated work. George Orwell reckons it to be one of the six indispensable books in world literature. The novel's main themes are; a satirical view of government and religious differences, an exploration of man being inherently corrupt or simply corruptible, and ancients vs. moderns conflict.
Written in 1651 during the chaos of the English Civil War. Hobbes formulates the case for a powerful sovereign - or 'Leviathan' - to enforce peace and the law. The work was publicly burnt for sedition and blasphemy when it was first published. Hobbes' view that man's essential nature is competitive and selfish is as challenging today as it was when originally published, the work remains relevant to the modern world and stands as one of the most fascinating works of modern philosophy.
Meno is written as a dialogue between Socrates and Meno. What is virtue? Is it a trait that can be taught? Is there some virtue that can be possessed by all human beings? Is it different between genders? Plato ponders.
Written as a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus, the subject within Phaedrus (370B.C.) appears to be that of love - love in its proper form as well as love erotic. Widely considered to be one of Plato's greatest works. Profoundly Plato.
Eternal youth and beauty is a temptation hard to resist. But at what price? .The subject of a painting and admired for his beauty, Dorian Gray trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Amidst a lifestyle of hedonism and secret lives, he nonetheless manages to maintain the persona of a very proper gentleman in the eyes of society. But his portrait tells a very different story.... Brilliant. Very interesting reading.
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