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:

  • 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 texts[edit]

European and Islamic philosophy[edit]

Ancient philosophy[edit]

Medieval philosophy[edit]

Early modern philosophy[edit]

Title page of Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon

Asian philosophy[edit]

Indian philosophy[edit]

Chinese philosophy[edit]

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

Japanese philosophy[edit]

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

Logic and philosophy of logic[edit]

Philosophy of language[edit]



Philosophy of mind[edit]

Philosophy of religion[edit]

Philosophy of mathematics[edit]

Philosophy of science[edit]

Philosophy of physics[edit]

Philosophy of biology[edit]

Philosophy of chemistry[edit]

  • 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 psychology[edit]

Philosophy of economics[edit]



  • 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[edit]


Philosophy of education[edit]

Philosophy of history[edit]

Philosophy of law[edit]

Political philosophy[edit]

Continental philosophy[edit]

Phenomenology and existentialism[edit]

Hermeneutics and deconstruction[edit]

Structuralism and post-structuralism[edit]

Critical theory and Marxism[edit]

Eastern philosophy[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).' "Eirik Harris' translation of "Manifesto on Behalf of Chinese Culture," by Mou Zongsan et al". Retrieved 2019-12-26.

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