Bailey on Lucretius’s Philosophy

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Lucretius Subject Area: Science

Source: Titus Lucretius Carus, Lucretius On the Nature of Things, trans. Cyril Bailey (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910). Chapter: INTRODUCTION.

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Charles Darwin and Spontaneous Order

Sunday 12 February 2012

Today, February 12, is Charles Darwin's birthday. Charles Darwin is an interesting figure for a number of reasons. Recent scholarship suggests that he became interested in the common ancestry of all creatures…

Darwin’s Historical Sketch on the Origin of Species

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Source: Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species by means of natural selection or the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life, with additions and corrections from the sixth and last English…

Galileo and the New Science

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Galileo Subject Area: Science

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Source: Iintroduction to Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences by Galileo Galilei. Translated from the Italian and Latin into English by Henry…


The following are a selection of chapters and extracts taken from books in the OLL collection. They have been chosen because of their special importance for understanding the principles of individual liberty, limited government, and the free market. Some of the extracts are from the books themselves and serve as a representative sample of that author’s ideas. Others are introductions written by the editors of the volume which contain important biographical information about the author and a discussion of their ideas. Links are provided to the book from which the extract was taken so the reader can pursue the subject in more depth if they are interested.

Other collections of material from the OLL which are useful places to begin exploring these ideas are the following:

Further Reading

Selected Chapters and Introductions from the Collection