Philosophy Reading List

I’m studying ideas and behaviors that have persisted throughout history. For the next two years, I’m perusing classic works of philosophy.

To decide where to start, I collated reading lists from four university philosophy departments:

I retained selections and editions that appeared in multiple lists, then filtered by affordability and availability of contemporary translations.

Here is the result:

Ancient Philosophy

  • Pre-Socratics, Philosophy Before Socrates, ed. McKirahan: “Heraclitus of Ephesus”, “Parmenides of Elea”
  • Plato, The Collected Dialogues of Plato, eds. Hamilton, Cairns, Cooper: “Euthyphro”, “Crito”, “Phaedo”, “Meno”, “Republic”, “Theaetetus”, “Sophist”
  • Aristotle, The Basic Works of Aristotle, ed. McKeon: “Nicomachean Ethics”, “De Anima (On the Soul)” Book II, Book III, “Physics” Book II, Book III 1–3, “Metaphysics Book” I, VII
  • Plotinus, The Essential Plotinus, ed. O'Brien: “Enneads” 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 2.4, 3.7, 3.8, 4.3, 4.8, 5.1, 5.2, 5.9, 6.9
  • Epicurus, Skeptics, Stoics, Hellenistic Philosophy, eds. Inwood, Gerson: “Fragments and testimonia of Epicurus”, “Sceptical texts and testimonia”, “Stoic fragments and testimonia”

Medieval Philosophy

Modern Philosophy

Contemporary Philosophy