A-List: Advanced Readings in Philosophy

Period Philosophers Primary Sources Secondary Sources
Pre-Socratic 600BC
  • Thales
  • Pythagoras
  • Parmenides
  • Zeno
  • Heraclitus
  • W. Kaufmann, Ancient Philosophy Volume 1
  • F. Copleston, History of Philosophy Vol. I
  • F. Nietzsche, The Tragic Age of the Greeks
  • W. Jaeger, The Greek Paideia Vol. I&II
  • J.P. Vernant, The Origins of Greek Thought
Socratic 400BC
  • Plato, Apology; Republic; Symposium; Meno; Theatetes
  • Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics; Metaphysics
  • Dialogues of Plato (Trans.) E.M. Conrnford
  • Philosopical Classsics Vol. I Kaufmann & Baird (ED)
  • Philosophical Classics From Plato To Nietzsche Kaufmann & Baird (ED)
  • A.E. Taylor, Socrates: The Man And His Thought
  • E. Havelock, Preface to Plato
  • E. Voegelin, Plato
  • W. D. Ross, Aristotle
  • F. Copleston, History of Philosophy Vol. I
Hellenistic & Roman 300BC-300CE
  • Epicurus
  • Zeno
  • Epictetus
  • Lucretius
  • Marcus Aurelius
  • Philosopical Classsics Vol. I Kaufmann & Baird (ED)
  • A.E. Taylor, Socrates: The Man And His Thought
  • F. Copleston, History of Philosophy Vol. I
  • E.V. Arnold, Roman Stoicism
Medieval 500CE-1300CE
  • St. Augustine
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • John Duns Scotus
  • William of Ocham
  • Philosopical Classsics Vol. II Kaufmann & Baird (ED)
  • H. Shapiro, Medieval Philosophy
  • W. Jaeger, Early Christianity and the Greek Paideia
  • E. Gilson, The Christian Philosophy of St. Augustine
  • F. Copleston, Aquinas
  • F. Copleston, History of Philosophy Vol. II
Modern 1600CE-1800CE
  • Descartes, Meditations
  • Hobbes, Leviathan
  • Spinoza, The Ethics
  • Leibniz, The Monadology
  • Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • Berkeley, Three Dialogues
  • Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • Kant, The Critique of Pure Reason
  • Philosophical Classics From Plato To Nietzsche Kaufmann & Baird (ED)
  • F. Copleston, History of Philosophy Vol. IV,V,&VI
Enlightenment 1750CE
  • Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality
  • Voltaire, Treatise on Metaphysics
  • Montesquieu, Spirit of the Law
  • Kant, What is Enlightenment?
  • Hume, Essay on Natural Religion
  • E. Cassirer, The Philosophers of the Enlightenment
  • M. Foucault, What is Enlightenment?
  • F. Copleston, History of Philosophy Vol. VI
Romantic 1800CE
  • Herder, Ideas
  • Schiller, The Aesthetic Education of Man
  • Schelling, System of Transcendental Philosophy
  • Hegel, Philosophy of History
  • I. Berlin, The Roots of Romanticism
  • F. Copleston, History of Philosophy Vol. VII
  • A.O. Lovejoy, The Meaning of Romanticism
  • C. Taylor, Hegel
Post-Romantic 1850CE-1900CE
  • S. Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling; Concluding Unscientific Postcript
  • A. Schopenhauer, The World as Will; Representation
  • F. Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil; Zarathustra
  • J.S. Mill, System of Logic; On Liberty; Utilitarianism
  • W. James, The Will to Believe; A Pluralistic Universe
  • C.S. Peirce, Collected Papers
  • J. Dewey, Experience and Nature
  • A.N. Whitehead, Process and Reality; Adventure of Ideas
  • H. Bergson, Creative Evolution
  • W. Barrett, Irrational Man
  • W. Lowrie, Kierkegaard
  • F. Copleston, History of Philosophy Vol. VII
  • W. Kaufmann, Nietzsche
  • J. Smith, The Spirit of American Philosophy
  • V. Lowe, Understanding Whitehead
  • I. Stengers, Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts
  • G. Deleuze, Bergsonism
Contemporary 1900CE-1970CE
  • B. Russell, Principle of Mathematics; Intro to Mathematical Philosophy
  • L. Wittgenstein, Tractatus; Philosophical Investigations
  • E. Husserl, Logical Investigations; Ideas
  • M. Heidegger, Being and Time; What is Metaphysics; Poetry, Language and Thought
  • H.G. Gadamer, Truth and Method
  • John Austin, How to do Things with Words
  • J. Ryle, The Concept of Mind
  • W.V. Quine, From a Logical Point of View
  • H. Dreyfus, Mind over Machine
  • J. Searle, Expression and Meaning
  • D. Davidson, Truth and Meaning
  • N. Chomsky, Language and The Problem of Knowledge
  • D. Lewis, Language Mind and Knowledge
  • R. Rucker, Philosophy of Mathematics
  • F. Copleston, History of Philosophy Vol. VIII
  • C.A. Van Peursen, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Modern Philosophy
  • J. Hartnack, Wittgenstein and Modern Philosophy
  • J.M. Edie, An Invitation to Phenomenology
  • M. Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception Ch. 1
  • O. Poggler, M. Heidegger's Path of Thinking
  • W. Blattner, Heidegger's Being and Time
  • D.C. Hoy, The Critical Circle (Hermeneutics)
  • A.P. Martinich, The Philosophy of Language
  • T. Schick Jr., Readings in Philosophy of Science
PostModern 1970CE-Present
  • H. Marcuse, One Dimensional Man
  • M. Foucault, Madness and Civilization; Discipline and Punish; Society must be Defended
  • J. Derrida, Writing and Difference; Structure; Sign and Play
  • J.F. Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition
  • R. Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature; Contingency; Irony and Solidarity
  • G. Vattimo, The End of Modernity
  • J. Habermas, Theory of Communicative Action
  • G. Deleuze, Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
  • S. Buck-Morse, The Dialectic of Seeing
  • H. Dreyfus, Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
  • D.C. Hoy, (ED.) Foucault a Critical Reader
  • C. Norris, What is Deconstruction?; Derrida
  • F. Jameson, Postmodernism
  • D. Hall, Richard Rorty
  • D. Ingrum, Habermas and the Dialectic of Reason
Women in Philosophy
  • Simone Beauvoir, The Second Sex
  • Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition; Between Past and Future
  • Edith Stein, System of Transcendental Philosophy
  • Anna Tymieniecka, Phenomenology of Science
  • Julia Kristeva, Language, The Unkown: An Invitation into Linguistics
  • Luce Irigaray, the Speculum of the Other Woman; The Sex which is not one
  • Susan Bordo, the Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture
  • Sandra Harding, the Science Question in Feminism
Religion East & West
  • D.T. Suzuki, Zen
  • H. Fingarette, The Secular and the Sacred
  • R. Otto, The Idea of the Holy
  • Mercea Eliade, Journey East; Journey West; The Sacred and the Profane
  • H. Zimmerman, Philosophies of India
  • D. Pals, Eight Themes of Religion
  • P. Sigmund, St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics
Philosophy of Science
  • T. Duhem, The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory
  • K. Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery
  • P. Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an anarchistic theory of knowledge
  • I. Lakatos, The Problem in Philosophy of Science
  • W. Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy
  • T. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • J. Monod, Chance and Necessity
  • L. Infeld, Albert Einstein
  • R. Omnes Quantum Philosophy