I think the work of great past philosophers is no longer in copyright. Is it possible to read them online somewhere?

More specifically I want these:

  • Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
  • Aristotle, Metaphysics
  • Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
  • Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Pure Reason
  • Plato, The Republic
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    Internet Archive you can read online, it's rather cumbersome. If you can download you can also find pdf's of books by entering in the search title and PDF. You will soon learn that some PDFs come with strings attached, avoid these. Also, don't forget real books. Even a small local county library has the ability to order books for you from other, and larger, libraries, at least in the US. – Gordon Aug 19 '17 at 13:00
  • It's probably not what you're looking for but I always get my books from bookfi.org. – Dean Young Aug 19 '17 at 23:22
  • Here is a start -- they are very old translations, but the message is preserved. openculture.com/free-philosophy-ebooks – jobermark Aug 20 '17 at 0:06
  • Oh man. The thought of reading Kant online terrifies me. I'd have to be paid a lot of money to do it. Books are wonderful things and cost next to nothing. . – PeterJ Aug 20 '17 at 11:18
  • @PeterJ Very true. I think a real book that you own is the best thing to have, particularly to learn the material for the first time. I would mention an online used source I use, but I don't know if it's proper. – Gordon Aug 20 '17 at 13:35

The place to go is presumably gutenberg.org. They even have a philosophy bookshelf here

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