List of important publications in philosophy

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This is a list of important publications in philosophy, organized by field. The publications on this list are regarded as important because they have served or are serving as one or more of the following roles:


Historical philosophical texts

European and Islamic philosophy

Ancient philosophy

Medieval philosophy

Early modern philosophy

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Title page of Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon

Nineteenth-century philosophy

Asian philosophy

Indian philosophy

Chinese philosophy

Zhou Dynasty
Warring States
Song Dynasty

Japanese philosophy

Pre-Meiji Buddhism
Early modern

Contemporary philosophical texts

Phenomenology and existentialism

Hermeneutics and deconstruction

Structuralism and post-structuralism

Critical theory and Marxism



Philosophy of mind

Philosophy of religion

Philosophy of science

Philosophy of biology

Philosophy of chemistry

  • Eric Scerri and Lee C. McIntyre, "The Case for the Philosophy of Chemistry", 1997
  • Davis Baird, Eric Scerri, and Lee C. McIntyre (eds.), Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline, 2006

Philosophy of physics

Philosophy of psychology


Ethics and value theory



  • P. F. Strawson, "Freedom and Resentment", 1962
  • John McDowell, "Virtue and Reason", 1972
  • John McDowell, "Non-Cognitivism and Rule-Following", 1981
  • Jürgen Habermas, Justification and Application: Remarks on Discourse Ethics, 1993



Social philosophy

Philosophy of economics

Philosophy of education

Philosophy of history

Philosophy of law

Political philosophy

Logic, language, and mathematics

Logic and philosophy of logic

Philosophy of language

Philosophy of mathematics

Chinese and Japanese thought

See also


  1. Palmer, John (2 August 2016). "Parmenides (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  2. Brickhouse, Thomas; Smith, Nicholas. "Plato (427–347 B.C.E.)". Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. ISSN   2161-0002 . Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  3. Hermeticism has philosophical as well as a religious and esoteric aspect.
  4. The Ordinatio, is taken to be Scotus' premier work.
  5. 'New Confucianism is perhaps the most influential form of Confucian philosophy in the twentieth century: The following essay, published on New Year’s Day 1958, is often referred to as the "New Confucian Manifesto" (even though that particular phrase never occurs in it).' "Eirik Harris' translation of "Manifesto on Behalf of Chinese Culture," by Mou Zongsan et al". Retrieved 2019-12-26.

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