List of important publications in philosophy

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This is a list of important publications in philosophy, organized by field.

Some reasons why a particular publication might be regarded as important:

  • Topic creator – A publication that created a new topic
  • Breakthrough – A publication that changed or added to philosophical knowledge significantly
  • Influence – A publication which has significantly influenced the world or has had a massive impact on the teaching of philosophy.

Historical philosophical 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]

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]



  • Irvine, Andrew David. "Bertrand Russell". In Zalta, Edward N. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Further reading[edit]