Classic Books in Philosophy, Politics & More

- philosophy

This is a list I put together for my own reference containing the classic works across philosophy, politics, history, sociology and more. It was compiled using the [Open Syllabus Project]( and going through the top 100 assigned works.

Ancient Philosophy

- Republic by Plato

- Apology by Plato

- Dialogues by Plato

- Ethics by Aristotle

- The Politics by Aristotle

- Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle

- The Poetics by Aristotle

Modern Philosophy

- Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

- Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes

- The Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant

- Existentialism by Jean Paul Sartre

- On Liberty by John Stuart Mills

- Discourse on Method by Rene Descartes

- A Theory of Justice by John Rawls

- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn


- Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

- The Clash of Civilizations by Samuel Huntington

- Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

- The Tragedy of the Commons by Garrett James Hardin

- Second Treatise of Government by John Locke

- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson


- Common Sense by Thomas Paine

- Autobiography by Ben Franklin

- The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

- Candide by Voltaire

- The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson


- The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

- Capital by Karl Marx

- The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber

- The Sociological Imagination by Wright Mills


- The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith


- Origin of Species by Darwin


- The Elements of Style by William Strunk