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The best known of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels. Cranford is the small rural town which serves as the backdrop for a series of episodes in the lives of Mary Smith and her friends, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two spinster sisters.
In Dialogues Hume explores the question 'What can we infer about the nature of God using reason?' using a dialogue between three characters. All believe in the existence of God but disagree on his nature and relationship with mankind. These issues and augments are still at the centre of debate and conflict today. For example, Hume explores the issue of an Intelligent Designer and the argument from design that is convulsing the US school system.
In The ethics Aristotle examines the nature of virtue and the purpose of life. He believed virtue could be understood only through action - one had to be virtuous to know virtue. The work surveys all the areas of human concern; courage, generosity, honour, justice, friendship, wit, etc. Aristotle's ideas dominated western thinking until the renaissance. The Ethics is considered to be one of Aristotle's most accessible works.
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