Plato and Aristotle

Discovering philosophy...

This site is aimed at:

Students (high school, university) and teachers

Philosophy enthusiasts of all ages and levels.

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  • Plato's Republic
  • Aristotle's Metaphysics
  • Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Rousseau's Social Contract
  • Spinoza's Ethics
  • Aristotle's On the Soul
  • Plato's Symposium
  • Saint Augustine's Confessions
  • Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols
  • Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
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This is your first visit to the site, and you do not know where to start... Follow the guide!

You can navigate the site in different ways, depending on what you are looking for...

The works: The Symposium, Nicomachean Ethics, The Social Contract...

Do you have to read a philosophy book as part of your studies, but are having trouble understanding what the author is trying to say? Don't worry: that is precisely what this site is here for... to help you understand, so that reading becomes enjoyable again.

To do this, click on 'The works' in the menu, and choose the work that interests you: Aristotle's Physics, Epictetus' Enchiridion, Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws... numerous summaries and presentations are available.

The great authors: Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche...

Or perhaps you are interested in the life of one of the great thinkers who have marked the history of philosophy: Plato, Spinoza, Bergson...

Then click on 'The authors' in the menu: for each of these philosophers you will find a biography, a bibliography, a presentation of some of their works or those of commentators, and a selection of enlightening videos.

Themes: moral philosophy, aesthetics, politics...

Perhaps you are interested in a specific theme... You'd like to learn about the philosophy of law, cinema or neuroscience, for example.

All you have to do is click on "Themes" in the menu. This will give you access to a wide range of resources on these major areas of philosophy.

Trends (phenomenology, pragmatism, stoicism, etc.), disciplines (philosophy of mathematics, history, psychiatry, etc.) and concepts (medical ethics, feminism, technology, etc.) are presented in this section.

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The collection

Some books are particularly complex: Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Heidegger's Being and Time, Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, Rousseau's Social Contract... It is hard to plunge into reading these works on your own!

For these readers, we have decided to launch a collection of non-fiction books, with line after line of commentary and explanation.

The books can be downloaded immediately in PDF ebook format.

It's a real pleasure to follow the text along with you!

The agora

You may be thinking of studying philosophy... but what are the prospects? This is a legitimate concern, and one that can put many people off.

In fact, there are many possible career paths, and that is what this section is all about.

You will see that while some people have opted for teaching, others have turned to practical work: philosophy in the workplace, running workshops for children or adults, philotherapy...

Others have gone off in other directions: journalism, publishing, communications agencies... but philosophy has played a decisive role in their development, and sometimes in their new job.


Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to contribute a book that you think might be relevant to a particular section!

We will be delighted to publish your article online, which will in turn help visitors to the site to explore the vast labyrinth that is philosophy!

Latest news

The website has just gone live.

Let us hope it has the same success as its big brother, Les Philosophes!

Eventually, it will host foreign versions in the main European languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian, etc.

A lot of work ahead!