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27 Best Philosophy Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Philosophy books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best philosophy books" and study the top 9 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1

    Meditations

    Marcus Aurelius

  2. 2
  3. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    3
  4. 4
  5. 5

    The Prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli

  6. 8
  7. 9

    The Complete Essays

    Michel de Montaigne

  8. 10
  9. 11
  10. 12

    Beyond Good And Evil

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. 14
  12. 15

    Being and Nothingness

    Jean-Paul Sartre

  13. 16
  14. 17
  15. 18
  16. 20
  17. 21
  18. 22

    The Analects

    Confucius

  19. 24
  20. 27

FAQ

  • 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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