Past Masters

Past Masters

Past Masters is a collection of major texts and translations in the history of philosophy and thought. It includes complete works of selected thinkers as well as dictionaries and survey works that cover a wide range of philosophers and topics. In addition to philosophy, this collection may be useful for the study of history, literature, political science, and classics. You may search or browse the entire collection or select a specific work to view. Some works are in their original languages, while others have been translated into English. Each text is viewable within your web browser but cannot be downloaded.

Rutgers University Libraries selects specific works to purchase on the Past Masters platform. The collection is not automatically updated with new editions or new texts. 

Dates covered

Ancient to modern times, with the bulk of the texts from the 16th – 19th centuries.

Resource types