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OWC NewsNovember 27, 2018

Twelve philosophy books everyone should read

Every year the third Thursday in November marks World Philosophy Day, UNESCO’s collaborative “initiative towards building inclusive societies, tolerance and peace.” To celebrate, our Philosophy staff have curated a reading list of historical texts by great philosophers that shaped the modern world and who had important things to say about the issues that we wrestle with today such as freedom, authority, equality, sexuality, and the meaning of life. Find out more about these revolutionary texts on the OUP Blog.



The Republic

Plato (427-347 B.C.E.)


Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)

Treatise of Government

John Locke (1632-1704)

A Treatise of Human Nature

David Hume (1711–76)

The Social Contract

Rousseau (1712-1778)

The Wealth of Nations

Adam Smith (1723 -1790)

The Rights of Man

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

The Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)

On Liberty

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

La Nausée

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

The History of Sexuality

Michel Foucault (1926–1984)

Oxford World’s Classics offer comprehensive editions of several of these works (see links above).

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