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List of important publications in philosophy

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 scientific knowledge significantly
  • Influence – A publication which has significantly influenced the world or has had a massive impact on the teaching of philosophy.


  • Historical texts 1
    • Western philosophy 1.1
      • Ancient philosophy 1.1.1
      • Medieval philosophy 1.1.2
      • Modern philosophy 1.1.3
    • Eastern philosophy 1.2
      • Buddhist philosophy 1.2.1
      • Confucianism 1.2.2
      • Hindu philosophy 1.2.3
      • Chinese Legalism 1.2.4
      • Taoism 1.2.5
      • Mohism 1.2.6
  • Contemporary philosophy 2
    • Epistemology 2.1
    • Metaphysics 2.2
    • Philosophy of biology 2.3
    • Philosophy of chemistry 2.4
    • Philosophy of mind 2.5
    • Philosophy of physics 2.6
    • Philosophy of psychology 2.7
    • Philosophy of religion 2.8
    • Philosophy of science 2.9
    • Ethics, value, and social philosophy 2.10
      • Aesthetics 2.10.1
      • Ethics 2.10.2
        • Freedom and responsibility
        • Bioethics
        • Business ethics
        • Feminism
      • Existentialism 2.10.3
      • Philosophy of economics 2.10.4
      • Philosophy of education 2.10.5
      • Philosophy of history 2.10.6
      • Philosophy of law 2.10.7
      • Political philosophy 2.10.8
      • Postcolonialism 2.10.9
    • Logic, language, and mathematics 2.11
      • Logic and philosophy of logic 2.11.1
      • Philosophy of language 2.11.2
      • Philosophy of mathematics 2.11.3
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5

Historical texts

Western philosophy

Ancient philosophy

Medieval philosophy

Modern philosophy

Eastern philosophy

Buddhist philosophy


Hindu philosophy

Chinese Legalism



Contemporary philosophy



Philosophy of biology

Philosophy of chemistry

Philosophy of mind

Philosophy of physics

Philosophy of psychology

Philosophy of religion

Philosophy of science

Ethics, value, and social philosophy



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


Philosophy of economics

Philosophy of education

Philosophy of history

Philosophy of law

Political philosophy


Logic, language, and mathematics

Logic and philosophy of logic

Philosophy of language

Philosophy of mathematics

See also


Further reading

  • What Are the Modern Classics? The Baruch Poll of Great Philosophy in the Twentieth Century, Douglas P. Lackey, Philosophical Forum 30(4): 329-346 (1999).
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Epistemology Research Guide
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Annotated Bibliography on Analysis
  • Contemporary Philosophy of Mind: An Annotated Bibliography
  • London Philosophy Study Guide
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