G.E. MOORE            

In 1981 Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McLeish published The List of Books. "The intention of this book is to furnish an imaginary library of some three thousand volumes in which a reasonably literate person can hope to find both instruction and inspiration, art and amusement." The authors asked their collaborators to make lists in the categories in which they were expert. The lists were then circulated among additional readers for comments and the final selection was made by the authors. Technical books accessible only to specialists were excluded. The books were listed in 44 categories. The following list contains the authors' recommendations in philosophy.


Adler, M. J.  The Conditions of Philosophy. 1965 
Aquinas, Thomas  Summa Theologica. c. 1265-1274 
Aristotle  Nicomachean Ethics. 4th Cent. B.C. 
Austin, J. L.  Sense and Sensabilia. 1964 
Ayer, A. J.  Language, Truth and Logic. 1936 
Berkeley, George  Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge. 1710
Chomsky, Noam  Language and Mind. 1968 
Descartes, Rene  Meditations on First Philosophy. 1641 
Dewey, John  Experience and Education. 1938 
Frege, Gottlob  Logical Investigations. 1977 
Gilson, Etienne  The Christian Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas. 1924
Hegel, Georg Wilhelm F.  The Phenomenology of Mind. 1807 
Heidegger, Martin  Being and Time. 1927 
Hobbes, Thomas  Leviathan. 1651 
Hume, David  An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding. 1748 
Husserl, Edmund  The Paris Lectures. 1950 
James, William  Pragmatism. 1907 
Jaspers, Karl  Philosophy of Existence. 1937 
Kant, Immanuel  Prologomena to Any Future Metaphysics. 1783 
Kierkegaard, Soren  The Concept of Dread. 1844 
Kirk, G.S., J. E. Raven  The Pre-Sccratic Philosophers. 1957 
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von  The Monadology. 1714 
Locke, John  An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. 1690 
Marcel, Gabriel  Philosophy of Existence. 1949 
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice  The Phenemenology of Perception. 
Mill, John Stuart  Utilitarianism. 1861 
Montaigne, Michel de  Essays. 1580 
Moore, G. E.  Principia Ethica. 1903 
Nietzsche, Friedrich  Beyond Good and Evil. 1886 
Ortega y Gasset, Jose  The Revolt of the Masses. 1929 
Passmore, John  A Hundred Years of Philosophy. 1957 
Plato  Phaedo. 4th Cent. B.C. 
Popper, Karl  Conjectures and Refutations. 1963 
Quine, Willard van Orman  From a Logical Point of View. 1953 
Russell, Bertrand  The Problems of Philosophy. 1912 
Ryle, Gilbert  The Concept of Mind. 1949 
Sartre, Jean-Paul  Being and Nothingness. 1943 
Schopenhauer, Arthur  The World as Will and Idea. 1819 
Sextus Empiricus  Outlines of Pyrrhonism. c. 200 
Spinoza, Benedict  Ethics. 1677 
Wittgenstein, Ludwig  Philosophical Investigations. 1953