Reading the Classics of Western Philosophy

List below and survey here. The queston asked is how many of these have you read. And the whole of these books, not some, not an abbreviated form. I’m claiming 18 of these, and bits, sometimes substantial, of others. Never read any Sidgwick, Moore, or Wittgenstein. I’ve not read much of the British empiricists, bar their political works. Has anyone, except the most ardent Thomist, actually read all of the Summa theologiae? Compared to that almost everything else on here is a mere pamphlet.

  1. The Republic, Plato
  2. Organon, Aristotle
  3. Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle
  4. City of God, Augustine
  5. Summa theologiae, Aquinas
  6. The Prince, Machiavelli
  7. Novum Organum, Francis Bacon
  8. Discourse on Method, Rene Descartes
  9. Meditations on First Philosophy, Rene Descartes
  10. Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes
  11. Ethics, Spinoza
  12. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, John Locke
  13. Monadology, Leibniz
  14. Principles of Human Knowledge, Berkeley
  15. A Treatise of Human Nature, Hume
  16. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Hume
  17. The Social Contract, Rousseau
  18. The Principles of Morals and Legislation, Jeremy Bentham
  19. Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant
  20. Phenomenology of Spirit, Hegel
  21. Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill
  22. Vindication of the rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft
  23. Either/Or, Soren Kierkegaard
  24. Method of Ethics, Sidgwick
  25. Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche
  26. Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
  27. Principia Ethica, G. E. Moore
  28. Being and Time, Martin Heidegger
  29. Tractatus, Wittgenstein
  30. Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein
  31. Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre
  32. The Second Sex, de Beauvoir
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5 Responses to Reading the Classics of Western Philosophy

  1. cmccall says:

    I found Thus Spoke Zarathustra to be an odd choice for the one representative text by Nietzsche. I’d recommend Fear and Trembling as the representative Kierkegaard text, although Either/Or is a more defensible pick for Kierkegaard than TSZ is for Nietzsche.

    • Chathan says:

      Yeah I don’t get that either, regarding Nietzsche. The Gay Science or Genealogy of Morals would make more sense to me. I also don’t see why they put Communist Manifesto for Marx. I would have put Das Kapital myself.

  2. In retrospect... says:

    Wittgenstein himself said the Tractatus was a waste of time

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  4. Chathan says:

    I’ve read parts of some of these texts by Beauvoir, Heidegger, Sartre, Kant or Spinoza (either for school or for pleasure) and only completely read 2 or 3 – Machiavelli, Nietzsche and perhaps Rousseau.

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