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Book awards: The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today

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Works (102)

1984 by George Orwell
The I Ching or Book of Changes by Richard Wilhelm1 - 14th century BCE
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius167 AD
The Odyssey by Homer
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures, The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text by JPS13th–4th century BCE
The Iliad by Homer8th – early 7th century BCE
The Upanishads by Anonymous7th–5th century BCE
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu3rd century BCE
Avesta: The Religious Books of the Parsees. Volumes 1-3 by Arthur Henry Bleeck3rd century BCE – 3rd century CE
The Analects (Penguin Classics) by Confucius5th–4th century BCE
The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides5th century BCE
Hippocratic Writings (Penguin Classics) by Hippocrates400 BCE
The Basic Works of Aristotle by Aristotle4th century BCE
The Histories by Herodotus2 - 5th century BCE
The Republic by Plato380 BCE
The Thirteen Books of the Elements, Vol. 1, books 1-2 by Euclid280 BCE
The Dhammapada by Anonymous252 BCE
The Aeneid by Publius Virgilius Maro19 BCE
On the Nature of the Universe (Penguin Classics) by Titus Lucretius Carus55 BCE
The Works of Philo by C. D. Yonge1st century
The Greek New Testament by Eberhard Nestleca. 50–100 AD
Plutarch's Lives by Plutarch120 AD
The Annals by P. Cornelius Tacitus120 AD
The Nag Hammadi Library by James M. Robinson2nd Century
Outlines of Pyrrhonism by Sextus Empiricus150-210 AD
The Six Enneads by Plotinus3rd century
Confessions of St. Augustine by Saint Augustine400 AD
The Koran by al-Qur'an7th century
The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides1190
Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment (Classics of Western Spirituality) by Daniel Chanan Matt12th century
Summa Theologiae by Thomas Aquinas1266–1273
In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus1509
Three Treatises by Martin Luther1520
Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais1534
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin1536
On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres by Nicolaus Copernicus1543
Michel de Montaigne - The Complete Essays (Penguin Classics) by Michel de Montaigne1580
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra1615
Harmonies of the World by Johannes Kepler1619
The New Organon by Francis Bacon1620
The First Folio of Shakespeare: The Norton Facsimile by William Shakespeare1623
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems: Ptolemaic and Copernican by Galileo Galilei1632
Discourse on Method / Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes1637
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes1651
Philosophical Writings by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz1663
Pensées by Blaise Pascal1670
The Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza1677
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke1684
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan1684
Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton1687
A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley1710
New Science by Giambattista Vico1725
A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume1740
A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson1755
Candide by Voltaire1759
Encyclopedia: Selections by Denis Diderot1751-1772
Common Sense by Thomas Paine1776
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith1776
The Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau1781
Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant1787
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon1776-1787
Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire {abridged by Hadas} by Edward Gibbon1776-1787
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke1790
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft1792
Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Modern Morals and Happiness by William Godwin1793
An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus1803
The Phenomenology of Spirit by G. W. F. Hegel1807
The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer1819
Introduction to Positive Philosophy by Auguste Comte1830-1842
On War by Carl von Clausewitz1832
Either/Or: A Fragment of Life by Søren Kierkegaard1843
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx1848
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau1849
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill1859
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin1859
First Principles by Herbert Spencer1862
Experiments in Plant Hybridisation by Gregor Mendel1866
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy1869
A treatise on electricity and magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell1873
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche1883-1885
The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud1900
Pragmatism, A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking: Popular Lectures on Philosophy by William James1908
The Mind and Society: A Treatise on General Sociology by Vilfredo Pareto1916
Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein1916
Psychological Types by C. G. Jung1921
I and Thou by Martin Buber1923
The Trial by Franz Kafka1925
The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl R. Popper1934
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes1936
Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology by Jean-Paul Sartre1943
The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek1943
Cybernetics, or, Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine by Norbert Wiener1948
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir1948
Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson: An Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man by G. I. Gurdjieff1950
Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein1953
Syntactic Structures by Noam Chomsky1957
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn1962
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan1963
Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung by Mao Tse-Tung1966
Beyond Freedom & Dignity by B. F. Skinner1971

Award description

The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today (1998) is a book of intellectual history written by Martin Seymour-Smith (1928–1998), a British poet, critic, and biographer.

Note, the list has 101 books listed because the original list has Homer's Iliad and Odyssey as one work - here, they are listed separately.


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