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27 Best Philosophy Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Philosophy books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best philosophy books" into our search engine and study the top 9+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 1


    Marcus Aurelius

  2. 2
    The Republic
    Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Viktor E. Frankl

  4. 4
    Tao Te Ching
  5. 5
    The Prince

    The Prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli

  6. 8
    Letters from a Stoic
  7. 9
    The Complete Essays

    The Complete Essays

    Michel de Montaigne

  8. 10
    Meditations on First Philosophy
  9. 11
    Nicomachean Ethics
  10. 12
    Beyond Good And Evil

    Beyond Good And Evil

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. 14
    The Myth of Sisyphus
  12. 15
    Being and Nothingness

    Being and Nothingness

    Jean-Paul Sartre

  13. 16
    Critique of Pure Reason
  14. 17
    A Treatise of Human Nature
  15. 19
    Reasons and Persons
  16. 20
    Discourses and Selected Writings
  17. 21
    The Analects

    The Analects


  18. 22
    The Confessions of St. Augustine
  19. 24
    The Problems of Philosophy
  20. 27
    The Dialogues of Plato


  • How was this Philosophy books list created?

    We searched for 'best Philosophy books', found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Philosophy books are in this list?

    There are 27 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Philosophy books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Philosophy books on the internet.

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