What is Mortimer J Adler’s Recommended Reading List?

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In this blog post I will continue with the Art of Reading series that I started. This is a series that explains the all the different ways of reading and I am using Mortimer J Adler’s How To Read book as the main source of information. Mortimer J Adler’s work is so important in that it teaches you how to read. Reading is something that everyone thinks they can do when really it is an entire art on its own and no matter what you want to become, it is important to master this art as it will help you gain knowledge and become someone successful in whatever field you wish to enter into the future. Anyone who masters this book will have the tools to go on to become an academic and LibraryEx is a website that is determined to explain the Art of Reading. For the purpose of ease of reading, I won’t include an image under every single book that the author has recommended because of the fact that there are so many books and it would be unnecessary for you as the reader to go through 137 books and see an image for each one. The author’s recommended reading list is long, I haven’t read any of them myself yet but if you are interested to see his list then go ahead and check below. Enjoy!

  1. Homer (9th century B.C.?)
  • Iliad* Odyssey
  1. The Old Testament
  2. Aeschylus (c. 525–456 B.C.)
  • Tragedies
  1. Sophocles (c. 495–406 B.C.)
  • Tragedies
  1. Herodotus (c. 484–425 B.C.)
  • History (of the Persian Wars)
  1. Euripides (c. 485–406 B.C.)
  • Tragedies
    (esp. Medea, Hippolytus, The Bacchae)
  1. Thucydides (c. 460–400 B.C.)
  • History of the Peloponnesian War
  1. Hippocrates (c. 460–377? B.C.)
  • Medical writings
  1. Aristophanes (c. 448–380 B.C.)
  • Comedies
    (esp. The Clouds, The Birds, The Frogs)
  1. Plato (c. 427–347 B.C.)
  • Dialogues
    (esp. The Republic, Symposium, Phaedo, Meno, Apology,
    Phaedrus, Protagoras, Gorgias, Sophist, Theaetetus)
  1. Aristotle (384–322 B.C.)
  • Works
    (esp. Organon, Physics, Metaphysics, On the Soul, The
    Nichomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric, Poetics)
  1. * * Epicurus (c. 341–270 B.C.)
    Letter to Herodotus
    Letter to Menoeceus
  2. Euclid (fl.c. 300 B.C.)
  • Elements (of Geometry)
  1. Archimedes (c. 287–212 B.C.)
  • Works
    (esp. On the Equilibrium of Planes, On Floating Bodies, The
    Sand-Reckoner)
  1. Apollonius of Perga (fl.c. 240 B.C.)
  • On Conic Sections
  1. * * Cicero (106–43 B.C.)
    Works
    (esp. Orations, On Friendship, On Old Age)17. Lucretius (c. 95–55 B.C.)
  • On the Nature of Things
  1. Virgil (70–19 B.C.)
  • Works
  1. Horace (65–8 B.C.)
    Works
    (esp. Odes and Epodes, The Art of Poetry)
  2. Livy (59 B.C.–A.D. 17)
    History of Rome
  3. Ovid (43 B.C.–A.D. 17)
    Works
    (esp. Metamorphoses)
  4. * * Plutarch (c. 45–120)
  • Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
    Moralia
  1. * * Tacitus (c. 55–117)
  • Histories
  • Annals
    Agricola
    Germania
  1. Nicomachus of Gerasa (fl.c. 100 A.D.)
  • Introduction to Arithmetic
  1. * * Epictetus (c. 60–120)
  • Discourses
    Encheiridion (Handbook)
  1. Ptolemy (c. 100–178; fl. 127–151)
  • Almagest
  1. * * Lucian (c. 120–c. 190)
    Works
    (esp. The Way to Write History, The True History, The Sale of
    Creeds)
  2. Marcus Aurelius (121–180)
  • Meditations
  1. Galen (c. 130–200)
  • On the Natural Faculties
  1. The New Testament
  2. Plotinus (205–270)
  • The Enneads
  1. St. Augustine (354–430)
    Works(esp. On the Teacher, * Confessions, * The City of God, *
    Christian Doctrine)
  2. The Song of Roland (12th century?)
  3. The Nibelungenlied (13th century)
    (The VΓΆlsunga Saga is the Scandinavian version of the same
    legend.)
  4. The Saga of Burnt Njal
  5. St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274)
  • Summa Theologica
  1. * * Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
    Works
    (esp. The New Life, On Monarchy, * The Divine Comedy)
  2. Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
    Works
    esp. * Troilus and Criseyde, * Canterbury Tales)
  3. Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
    Notebooks
  4. NiccolΓ² Machiavelli (1469–1527)
  • The Prince
    Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy
  1. Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1469–1536)
    The Praise of Folly
  2. Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543)
  • On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
  1. Sir Thomas More (c. 1478–1535)
    Utopia
  2. Martin Luther (1483–1546)
    Three Treatises
    Table-Talk
  3. FranΓ§ois Rabelais (c. 1495–1553)
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel
  1. John Calvin (1509–1564)
    Institutes of the Christian Religion
  2. Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)
  • Essays
  1. William Gilbert (1540–1603)
  • On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies
  1. Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616)
  • Don Quixote
  1. Edmund Spenser (c. 1552–1599) Prothalamion
    The FaΓ«rie Queene
  2. * * Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
    Essays
  • Advancement of Learning
  • Novum Organum
  • New Atlantis
  1. William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  • Works
  1. * * Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)
    The Starry Messenger
  • Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences
  1. Johannes Kepler (1571–1630)
  • Epitome of Copemican Astronomy
  • Concerning the Harmonies of the World
  1. William Harvey (1578–1657)
  • On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
  • On the Circulation of the Blood
  • On the Generation of Animals
  1. Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)
  • The Leviathan
  1. RenΓ© Descartes (1596–1650)
  • Rules for the Direction of the Mind
  • Discourse on Method
  • Geometry
  • Meditations on First Philosophy
  1. John Milton (1608–1674)
    Works
    (esp. * the minor poems, * Areopagitica, * Paradise Lost, *
    Samson Agonistes)
  2. * * MoliΓ¨re (1622–1673)
    Comedies
    (esp. The Miser, The School for Wives, The Misanthrope, The
    Doctor in Spite of Himself, Tartuffe)
  3. Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
  • The Provincial Letters
  • PensΓ©es
  • Scientific treatises
  1. Christiaan Huygens (1629–1695)
  • Treatise on Light62. Benedict de Spinoza (1632–1677)
  • Ethics
  1. John Locke (1632–1704)
  • Letter Concerning Toleration
  • β€œOf Civil Government” (second treatise in Two Treatises on
    Government)
  • Essay Concerning Human Understanding Thoughts
    Concerning Education
  1. Jean Baptiste Racine (1639–1699)
    Tragedies
    (esp. Andromache, Phaedra)
  2. Isaac Newton (1642–1727)
  • Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
  • Optics
  1. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646–1716)
    Discourse on Metaphysics
    New Essays Concerning Human Understanding
    Monadology
  2. * * Daniel Defoe (1660–1731)
    Robinson Crusoe
  3. * * Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
    A Tale of a Tub
    Journal to Stella
  • Gulliver’s Travels
    A Modest Proposal
  1. William Congreve (1670–1729)
    The Way of the World
  2. George Berkeley (1685–1753)
  • Principles of Human Knowledge
  1. Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
    Essay on Criticism
    Rape of the Lock
    Essay on Man
  2. Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689–1755)
    Persian Letters
  3. Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, continued
  • Spirit of Laws
  1. * * Voltaire (1694–1778)
    Letters on the English
    Candide Philosophical Dictionary
  2. Henry Fielding (1707–1754)
    Joseph Andrews
  • Tom Jones
  1. * * Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)
    The Vanity of Human Wishes
    Dictionary
    Rasselas
    The Lives of the Poets
    (esp. the essays on Milton and Pope)
  2. * * David Hume (1711–1776)
    Treatise of Human Nature
    Essays Moral and Political
  • An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  1. * * Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)
  • On the Origin of Inequality
  • On Political Economy
    Emile
  • The Social Contract
  1. Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)
  • Tristram Shandy
    A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy
  1. Adam Smith (1723–1790)
    The Theory of the Moral Sentiments
  • Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
  1. * * Immanuel Kant (1724–1804)
  • Critique of Pure Reason
  • Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals
  • Critique of Practical Reason
  • The Science of Right
  • Critique of Judgment
    Perpetual Peace
  1. Edward Gibbon (1737–1794)
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    Autobiography
  1. James Boswell (1740–1795)
    Journal
    (esp. London Journal)
  • Life of Samuel Johnson Ll.D.
  1. Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743–1794)* Elements of Chemistry
  2. John Jay (1745–1829), James Madison (1751–1836), and Alexander
    Hamilton (1757–1804)
  • Federalist Papers
    (together with the * Articles of Confederation, the *
    Constitution of the United States, and the * Declaration of
    Independence)
  1. Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
    Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation
    Theory of Fictions
  2. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
  • Faust
    Poetry and Truth
  1. Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768–1830)
  • Analytical Theory of Heat
  1. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)
    Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Philosophy of Right
  • Lectures on the Philosophy of History
  1. William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    Poems
    (esp. Lyrical Ballads, Lucy poems, sonnets; The Prelude)
  2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
    Poems
    (esp. β€œKubla Khan,” Rime of the Ancient Mariner)
    Biographia Literaria
  3. Jane Austen (1775–1817)
    Pride and Prejudice
    Emma
  4. * * Karl von Clausewitz (1780–1831)
    On War
  5. Stendhal (1783–1842)
    The Red and the Black
    The Charterhouse of Parma
    On Love
  6. George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
    Don Juan
  7. * * Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860)
    Studies in Pessimism
  8. * * Michael Faraday (1791–1867) Chemical History of a Candle
  • Experimental Researches in Electricity
  1. * * Charles Lyell (1797–1875)
    Principles of Geology
  2. Auguste Comte (1798–1857)
    The Positive Philosophy
  3. * * HonorΓ© de Balzac (1799–1850)
    Père Goriot
    EugΓ©nie Grandet
  4. * * Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
    Representative Men
    Essays
    Journal
  5. * * Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)
    The Scarlet Letter
  6. * * Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859)
    Democracy in America
  7. * * John Stuart Mill (1806–1873)
    A System of Logic
  • On Liberty
  • Representative Government
  • Utilitarianism
    The Subjection of Women
    Autobiography
  1. * * Charles Darwin (1809–1882)
  • The Origin of Species
  • The Descent of Man
    Autobiography
  1. * * Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
    Works
    (esp. Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield,
    Hard Times)
  2. * * Claude Bernard (1813–1878)
    Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine
  3. * * Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)
    Civil Disobedience
    Walden
  4. Karl Marx (1818–1883)
  • Capital
    (together with the * Communist Manifesto)109. George Eliot (1819–1880)
    Adam Bede
    Middlemarch
  1. * * Herman Melville (1819–1891)
  • Moby Dick
    Billy Budd
  1. * * Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881)
    Crime and Punishment
    The Idiot
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  1. * * Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)
    Madame Bovary
    Three Stories
  2. * * Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906)
    Plays
    (esp. Hedda Gabler, A Dolts House,
    The Wild Duck)
  3. * * Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)
  • War and Peace
    Anna Karenina
    What Is Art?
    Twenty-three Tales
  1. * * Mark Twain (1835–1910)
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Mysterious Stranger
  2. * * William James (1842–1910)
  • The Principles of Psychology
    The Varieties of Religious Experience Pragmatism
    Essays in Radical Empiricism
  1. * * Henry James (1843–1916)
    The American
    The Ambassadors
  2. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900)
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra
    Beyond Good and Evil
    The Genealogy of Morals
    The Will to Power
  3. Jules Henri PoincarΓ© (1854–1912)
    Science and Hypothesis
    Science and Method120. Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)
  • The Interpretation of Dreams
  • Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
  • Civilization and Its Discontents
  • New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
  1. * * George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
    Plays (and Prefaces)
    (esp. Man and Superman, Major Barbara, Caesar and
    Cleopatra, Pygmalion, Saint Joan)
  2. * * Max Planck (1858–1947)
    Origin and Development of the Quantum Theory
    Where Is Science Going?
    Scientific Autobiography
  3. Henri Bergson (1859–1941)
    Time and Free Will
    Matter and Memory
    Creative Evolution
    The Two Sources of Morality and Religion
  4. * * John Dewey (1859–1952)
    How We Think
    Democracy and Education
    Experience and Nature
    Logic, the Theory of Inquiry
  5. * * Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947)
    An Introduction to Mathematics
    Science and the Modern World
    The Aims of Education and Other Essays
    Adventures of Ideas
  6. * * George Santayana (1863–1952)
    The Life of Reason
    Skepticism and Animal Faith
    Persons and Places
  7. Nikolai Lenin (1870–1924)
    The State and Revolution
  8. Marcel Proust (1871–1922)
    Remembrance of Things Past
  9. * * Bertrand Russell (1872–1970)
    The Problems of Philosophy
    The Analysis of Mind
    An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth Human Knowledge; Its Scope and Limits
  10. * * Thomas Mann (1875–1955)
    The Magic Mountain
    Joseph and His Brothers
  11. * * Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
    The Meaning of Relativity
    On the Method of Theoretical Physics
    The Evolution of Physics (with L. Infeld)
  12. * * James Joyce (1882–1941)
    β€œThe Dead” in Dubliners
    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Ulysses
  13. Jacques Maritain (1882– )
    Art and Scholasticism
    The Degrees of Knowledge
    The Rights of Man and Natural Law
    True Humanism
  14. Franz Kafka (1883–1924)
    The Trial
    The Castle
  15. Arnold Toynbee (1889– )
    A Study of History
    Civilization on Trial
  16. Jean Paul Sartre (1905– )
    Nausea
    No Exit
    Being and Nothingness
  17. Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (1918– )
    The First Circle
    Cancer Ward

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