The Ultimate Philosophy Reading List

262 Books sorted by Last Name.

1. The Epistle of Forgiveness by Abul Ala al-Ma’arri

2. The Deliverance from Error by al-Ghazālī

3. The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton

4. Life After Death by Alan F Segal

5. The Essential Turing by Alan Turing

6. After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre

7. Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life by Albert Borgmann

8. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

9. The Art of Living by Alexander Nehamas

10. The Presocratic Philosophers by and M. Schofield

11. The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous

12. The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy by Anthony Gottlieb

13. Education’s End by Anthony T Kronman

14. Descartes’ Error by Antonio Damasio

15. The Clouds by Aristophanes

16. The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

17. Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

18. After the End of Art by Arthur Danto

19. The Invisible Writing by Arthur Koestler

20. The Wisdom of Life by Arthur Schopenhauer

21. Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich

22. The Ethics by Baruch Spinoza

23. The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits

24. Shame and Necessity by Bernard Williams

25. Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell

26. The Idea of Natural Rights by Brian Tierney

27. Against Moral Responsibility by Bruce Waller

28. The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

29. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

30. Truth, Politics, Morality by Cheryl Misak

31. Making up the Mind by Chris Frith

32. The Treasure of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan

33. The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything by Christine Gross-Loh

34. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

35. Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky

36. Art by Clive Bell

37. The Forest People by Colin M Turnbull

38. The Analects by Confucius

39. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

40. Philosophical Writings by CS Peirce

41. Home Is Where We Start From by D W Winnicott

42. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett

43. Elbow Room by Daniel Dennett

44. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

45. Why Plato Wrote by Danielle Allen

46. The Mortal Coil by David Boyd Haycock

47. Existentialism: A Reconstruction by David Cooper

48. Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace

49. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

50. Dialogues, and Natural History of Religion by David Hume

51. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume

52. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, and The Natural History of Religion by David Hume

53. Hume on Religion by David Hume

54. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

55. Thinking Through Confucius by David L. Hall, Roger T. Ames

56. The Young Karl Marx by David Leopold

57. Karl Marx: His Life and Thought by David McLellan

58. The Religious Enlightenment by David Sorkin

59. Sameness and Substance Renewed by David Wiggins

60. Rameau’s Nephew by Denis Diderot

61. Salons by Denis Diderot

62. Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit

63. The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy by Donald Robertson

64. The Kennedy Tapes by E.May

65. Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism by Edited

66. Philosophy of Technology by Edited

67. Father and Son by Edmund Gosse

68. The Known World by Edward P Jones

69. Nicolas Poussin by Elizabeth Cropper and Charles Dempsey

70. The Discourses of Epictetus by Epictetus

71. Preface to Plato by Eric A Havelock

72. Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby

73. All quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

74. Escape From Evil by Ernest Becker

75. The Life of David Hume by Ernest Mossner

76. Four Views on Free Will by Fischer, Kane, Pereboom and Vargas

77. The Sense of an Ending by Frank Kermode

78. Rousseau’s Critique of Inequality by Frederick Neuhouser

79. Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche

80. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

81. The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche

82. On the Genealogy of Morality by Friedrich Nietzsche

83. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

84. The Collected Philosophical papers by G E M Anscombe

85. If You’re an Egalitarian, How Come You’re So Rich? by G. A. Cohen

86. Karl Marx’s Theory of History by G. A. Cohen

87. The Sophistic Movement by G. B. Kerferd

88. Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It by Geoff Dyer

89. Art and the Aesthetic by George Dickie

90. Middlemarch by George Eliot

91. Ambition by Gilbert Brim

92. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani

93. The German Trauma by Gitta Sereny

94. Discourse on Metaphysics, Correspondence With Arnauld, and Monadology by Gottfried Wilhelm Freiherr von Leibniz

95. The Foundations of Arithmetic by Gottlob Frege

96. Reading Rousseau in the Nuclear Age by Grace Roosevelt

97. Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher by Gregory Vlastos

98. The Book of Isaiah: Personal Impressions of Isaiah Berlin by Henry Hardy

99. The Enlightenment in America by Henry May

100. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

101. The Odyssey by Homer

102. Real Time II by Hugh Mellor

103. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

104. Critique of the Power of Judgement by Immanuel Kant

105. Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason by Immanuel Kant

106. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant

107. The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch

108. In Joy Still Felt by Isaac Asimov

109. Red Cavalry and Other Stories by Isaac Babel

110. Liberty by Isaiah Berlin

111. The Proper Study Of Mankind: An Anthology of Essays by Isaiah Berlin

112. Karl Marx by Isaiah Berlin

113. Personal Impressions by Isaiah Berlin

114. The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History by Isaiah Berlin

115. Western Atheism: A Short History by James A Thrower

116. On Human Rights by James Griffin

117. Making Sense of Human Rights by James Nickel

118. Human Error by James Reason

119. Illusions by James Sully

120. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

121. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

122. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

123. The Sceptical Feminist by Janet Radcliffe Richards

124. The Postmodern Condition by Jean-Francois Lyotard

125. Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

126. Existentialism and Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre

127. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

128. Killing in War by Jeff McMahan

129. The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey D Sachs

130. Putting on Virtue by Jennifer Herdt

131. Hello America by JG Ballard

132. Utilitarianism: For and Against by JJC Smart and Bernard Williams

133. The Secret Power of Beauty by John Armstrong

134. Reconstruction in Philosophy by John Dewey

135. Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay by John Lanchester

136. A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke

137. God Is Back by John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge

138. The Law of Peoples by John Rawls

139. A Theory of Justice by John Rawls

140. Nietzsche’s System by John Richardson

141. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

142. Early Greek Philosophy by Jonathan Barnes

143. Causing Death and Saving Lives by Jonathan Glover

144. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

145. Radical Enlightenment by Jonathan I Israel

146. Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750–1790 by Jonathan Israel

147. A Survey of Metaphysics by Jonathan Lowe

148. Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber

149. The Immortal by Jorge Luis Borges

150. Themes from Kaplan by Joseph Almog, John Perry and Howard Wettstein

151. Political Dissent in Democratic Athens by Josiah Ober

152. A Treatise on the Difference between Temporal and Eternal by Juan Eusebio Nieremberg

153. The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck

154. The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten by Julian Baggini

155. The Li Chi or Book of Rites, Part II of II (Forgotten Books) by K’ung-fu Tzu

156. Early Writings by Karl Marx

157. Winnetou by Karl May

158. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison

159. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

160. Autonomous Technology — Technics-Out-of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought by Langdon Winner

161. Daodejing by Laozi

162. A New Stoicism by Laurence Becker

163. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius by Leo Damrosch

164. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

165. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

166. The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll and Martin Gardner

167. Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford

168. The Enlightenment and the Intellectual Foundations of Modern Culture by Louis Dupré

169. Religion Is Not about God by Loyal Rue

170. Letters on Ethics: To Lucilius by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

171. The Guide of the Perplexed by Maimonides

172. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

173. Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, and Justice by Martha Nussbaum

174. Nietzsche on Truth and Philosophy by Maudemarie Clark

175. Phenomenology of Perception by Maurice Merleau-Ponty

176. From Whom God Hid Nothing by Meister Eckhart

177. Mencius by Mengzi

178. Moneyball by Michael Lewis

179. Justice by Michael Sandel

180. In Darwin’s Shadow by Michael Shermer

181. Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument With Historical Illustrations by Michael Walzer

182. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

183. Aesthetics by Monroe Beardsley

184. Rousseau: An Introduction to His Psychological, Social and Political Theory by N J H Dent

185. Frege’s Puzzle by Nathan Salmon

186. Languages of Art by Nelson Goodman

187. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

188. Methland by Nick Reding

189. Atheists: The Origin of the Species by Nick Spence

190. Syntactic Structures by Noam Chomsky

191. The Pursuit of the Millennium by Norman Cohn

192. The Philosophy of David Hume by Norman Kemp-Smith

193. The Game of Opposites by Norman Lebrecht

194. The really hard problem by Owen Flanagan

195. The Crisis of the European Mind by Paul Hazard

196. Lying : An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity by Paul J. Griffiths

197. The Existentialist Reader by Paul S MacDonald

198. Out of Eden by Paul W Kahn

199. Crude World by Peter Maass

200. Basil D’Oliveira: Cricket and Controversy by Peter Oborne

201. Practical Ethics by Peter Singer

202. Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter by Peter Singer

203. The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

204. The Bounds of Sense by Peter Strawson

205. Society without God by Phil Zuckerman

206. Expert Political Judgment by Philip E Tetlock

207. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

208. Natural Goodness by Philippa Foot

209. Philosophy as a Way of Life by Pierre Hadot

210. Sacred and Secular by Pippa Norris, Ronald Inglehart

211. The Symposium by Plato

212. Republic by Plato

213. Statesman by Plato

214. Theaetetus by Plato

215. Apology by Plato

216. Five Dialogues by Plato (translated

217. If This Is a Man by Primo Levi

218. The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi

219. Responsibility and the Moral Sentiments by R.J. Wallace

220. Toleranz im Konflikt by Rainer Forst

221. 36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Goldstein

222. Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes

223. The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

224. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

225. Godless Morality by Richard Holloway

226. Heidegger: An Introduction by Richard Polt

227. Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick

228. Rousseau, the Age of Enlightenment, and Their Legacies by Robert Wokler

229. Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography by Rüdiger Safranski, translator Shelley Frisch

230. Confessions by Saint Augustine

231. At The Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell

232. The Boy with the Topknot by Sathnam Sanghera

233. Naming and Necessity by Saul A Kripke

234. Civilisation and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

235. The Coming of the Fairies by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

236. The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

237. Tractatus Theologico-Politicus by Spinoza

238. The Confessions of St Augustine by St Augustine

239. Disowning Knowledge by Stanley Cavell

240. The Philosophy Files by Stephen Law

241. Justifying Toleration by Susan Mendus

242. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski

243. The Meaning of Life by Terry Eagleton

244. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

245. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

246. Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann

247. What Does It All Mean? by Thomas Nagel

248. Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel

249. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

250. Le silence de la mer by Vercors

251. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

252. The Crowded Dance of Modern Life by Virginia Woolf

253. Regulating Aversion by Wendy Brown

254. A Guide to the Good Life by William B Irvine

255. Table-Talk, Essays on Men and Manners by William Hazlit

256. Pragmatism by William James

257. The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James

258. From a Logical Point of View by WV Quine

259. Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings by Zhuangzi

260. Xunzi (Translations from the Asian Classics) by

261. Dhammapada (Volume editor Thomas Byrom)

262. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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