List of important publications in philosophy

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:

  • Foundation – A publication whose ideas would go on to be the foundation of a topic or field within philosophy.
  • Breakthrough – A publication that changed or added to philosophical knowledge significantly.
  • Influence – A publication that has had a significant impact on the academic study of philosophy or the world.

Historical philosophical texts[edit]

European and Islamic philosophy[edit]

Ancient philosophy[edit]

Medieval philosophy[edit]

Title page of Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon

Early modern philosophy

Asian philosophy[edit]

Indian philosophy/religion[edit]


Chinese philosophy/religion[edit]

Zhou Dynasty[edit]
Warring States[edit]
Song Dynasty[edit]

Japanese philosophy[edit]

Pre-Meiji Buddhism[edit]
Early modern[edit]

Contemporary philosophical texts[edit]

Phenomenology and existentialism[edit]

Hermeneutics and deconstruction[edit]

Structuralism and post-structuralism[edit]

Critical theory and Marxism[edit]



Philosophy of biology[edit]

Philosophy of chemistry[edit]

Philosophy of mind[edit]

Philosophy of physics[edit]

Philosophy of psychology[edit]

Philosophy of religion[edit]

Philosophy of science[edit]


Ethics and value theory[edit]




Business ethics[edit]

  • Tibor R. Machan, The Morality of Business: A Profession for Human Wealthcare (2007)


Social philosophy[edit]

Philosophy of economics[edit]

Philosophy of education[edit]

Philosophy of history[edit]

Philosophy of law[edit]

Political philosophy[edit]

Logic, language, and mathematics[edit]

Logic and philosophy of logic[edit]

Philosophy of language[edit]

Philosophy of mathematics[edit]

Chinese and Japanese thought[edit]

See also[edit]


  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).


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