What is a Philosimply?

A “Philosimply” is a simplified version of your favorite philosophy text. Written in modern English, Philosimplies are meant to bring the classics back to life.

DescartesDiscourse on Method is ideal for students looking to understand this classic text from the iconic Modern philosopher, best known for his famous saying, “I think therefore I am.”

Cicero’s On Duties takes a hefty work, once considered on par with the Bible but since lost to history, and makes it readable again, providing us with access into the mind of this great Roman public speaker and philosopher. Originally conceived of as a manual for his own son, the work explains the best way to get ahead in Ancient Roman society. From who to trust as your friends, to how to spend your money, the practical value of philosophy and the role of taxes, Cicero offers a window into the past that is stunningly relevant to the issues of today.

Witness the great tale of Socrates’ trial in Athens, The Apology as depicted by his preeminent student Plato, where he defends himself against allegations that his “philosophical musings” have corrupted the youth.

The Philosimplies take you into the mind of Arthur Schopenhauer, the great European pessimist, the Hippocratic Oath, Jean Jacques Rousseau‘s award-winning 17th century essay the Discourse on Inequality, and Thoreau as he attacks taxes (amongst other things) in his well-read essay on Civil Disobedience.

Through prose and poetic forms, the Philosimplies bring us back to Charles Darwin’s great Voyage of the Beagle, the genius of Albert Einstein and his views on a world on the brink of madness, the humble idealism of Mahatma Gandhi, the spirituality of the Native American leader Black Elk, and George Washington’s historic Farewell Address.

Other Philosimplies take you on a trip through classic religious writings such as the otherwise inscrutable Tibetan Book of the Dead, a cursory overview of the mysteries of the Kabbalah, the mysticism of Gnostic and Neo-Platonic thought, and the esteemed love-poetry of the master Jalaluddin Rumi.

Ancient texts like the Epic of Gilgamesh make their Philosimply debut alongside the Wisdom of the East contained in Laozi’s Daodejing and the Dhammapada of the Buddha. The Yoga Sutra is distilled into a meditative form while the Hindu classic the Bhagavad-Gita takes on a new dimension.

Laugh along at this newly-updated rendition of the Greek comedy Lysistrata, feel the pain of Prometheus Bound, go on the best of all possible adventures in the Philosimply version of Voltaire’s Candide, read Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in all its suspenseful glory as an abbreviated rhyming poem, and tackle Mark Twain’s Mysterious Stranger novella in under 20 minutes!

Experience Edgar Allan Poe as never before with Philosimply renditions of his best works including The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado,  The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death and more!

Reconnect with fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

Or, laugh along with “Philosimply parodies” of The Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and The Frog Prince or entertain works bordering on the blasphemous such as this novel re-telling of Marx’s The Communist Manifesto or Genesis: a Comedy! and Exodus: a Comedy!

Chew on poetry inspired by the inspired poetry of the likes of John Donne, Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Walt Whitman, Li Po, Dante, Yosa Boson, Emma Lazarus, or Robert Frost.

Whether for educational purposes or sheer entertainment, for simplicity’s sake or flights of whimsical fantasy, let these “Philosimply“ renditions of classic philosophical, historical, religious and literary texts get your creative juices flowing!

Thank you and enjoy!