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OSEO currently includes writers active between 1485 and 1788. Browse our complete author list, including John Donne, Samuel Johnson, and Adam Smith.

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November 17, 2014

Celebrating World Philosophy Day 2014

Read a letter from Leibniz to Bossuet from July 1694 or John Locke's 'An Essay concerning Toleration' (1667)...

October 23, 2014

New editions added to OSEO

October’s update adds editions to the 18th Century, Renaissance, and Early 17th Century modules…

September 23, 2014

Oxford University Press signs licensing agreements to include over 250 major editions in OSEO

Discover more about which publishers and academic societies have licensed scholarly editions to OSEO...

September 11, 2014

Whose muse mews?

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An amusing anecdote about the "celebrated Father Bourdaloue"
From Joseph Spence: Observations, Anecdotes, and Characters of Books and Men

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