Jacques Maritain Center : A History of Western Philosophy Vol. I / by Ralph McInerny


Since the point of this reading list is to cite books the student might consult, the books are mentioned in terms of their present availability and the dates are often the dates of reprints whether in hard covers or soft.



1. Charles M. Bakewell, Source Book in Ancient Philosophy, (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, reprinted 1963).

2. Kathleen Freeman, Ancilla to the Presocratic Philosophers, (Oxford; Basil Blackwell, 1948).

3. R. D. Hicks, editor and translator, Diogenes Laertius, 2 vols., (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1950).

4. C. S. Kirk and J. E. Raven, The Presocratic Philosophers, (Cambridge: University Press, 1957).


1. John Burnet, Early Greek Philosophy, (New York: Meridian Books, 1957).

2. F. M. Cornford, From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation, (New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1957)

3. Kathleen Freeman, The Presocratic Philosophers, A Companion to Diels, (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1946).

4. W. K. C. Guthrie, A History of Greek Philosophy, Volume I, The Earlier Presocratics and the Pythagoreans, (Cambridge: The University Press, 1962). This is the first of a projected five volume history by Guthrie and is a veritable monument abuilding.

5. Leon Robin, Greek Thought, translated by M. R. Dobie, (London, 1928).


1. Cyril Bailey, The Greek Atomists and Epicurus, (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1928).

2. F. M. Cleve, The Philosophy of Anaxagoras, (New York: King's Crown Press, 1949).

3. F. M. Cornford, Plato and Parmenides, (New York: The Liberal Arts Press, 1957).

4. Charles H. Kahn, Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1960).

5. G. S. Kirk, Heraclitus: The Cosmic Fragments, (Cambridge: The University Press, 1954).

6. J. E. Raven, Pythagoreans and Eleatics, (Cambridge: The University Press, 1948).

7. Mario Untersteiner, The Sophists, translated by Kathleen Freeman, (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1954).

8. Philip Wheelwright, Heraclitus, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1959).



1. The Dialogues of Plato, translated into English by Benjamin Jowett, 4 (New York: Random House, 1937); The Collected Dialogues of Plato Including the Letters, edited by Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns, Bollingen Series LXXI, (New York: Pantheon Books, 1961).

2. H. F. Cherniss, The Riddle of the Early Academy, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1945).

3. F. M. Cornford, Plato's Theory of Knowledge, (New York: The Liberal Arts Press, 1957).

4. F. M. Cornford, Plato's Cosmology, (New York: The Liberal Arts Press, 1957).

5. F. M. Cornford, Plato and Parmenides, (New York: The Liberal Arts Press, 1957).

6. Paul Friedlander, Plato, Volume I, An Introduction, translated by Hans Meyerhoff, Bollingen Series LIX, (New York: Pantheon Books, 1958).

7. John Gould, Development of Plato's Ethics, Cambridge: The University Press, 1955).

8. G. M. Grube, Plato's Thought, (Boston: Beacon Press, 1958).

9. R. Hackforth, Plato's Phaedo, (New York: The Liberal Arts Press, 1952).

10. Eric A. Havelock, Preface to Plato, Volume One of a projected History of the Greek Mind, (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1963).

11. R. L. Nettleship, Lectures on the Republic of Plato, (London: Macmillan, 1937).

12. Richard Robinson, Plato's Earlier Dialectic, (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1941).

13. Paul Shorey, What Plato Said, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1933).

14. Julius Stenzel, Plato's Method of Dialectic, translated by D. J. Allan, (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1940).

15. A. E. Taylor, Plato, The Man and His Work, (New York: Meridian Books, 1956).


1. The Works of Aristotle Translated into English, 12 Volumes, edited by W. D. Ross, (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1908-1952); this translation is utilized in The Basic Works of Aristotle, edited and with an introduction by Richard McKeon, (New York: Random House, 1941).

2. D. J. Allan, The Philosophy of Aristotle, (London: Oxford University Press: 1952).

3. Ernest Barker, The Politics of Aristotle, Translated with an Introduction, Notes and Appendixes, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1958).

4. S. H. Butcher, Aristotle's Theory of Poetry and Fine Art, (New York: Dover Publications, 1951).

5. L. M. De Rijk, The Place of the Categories of Being in Aristotle's Philosophy, (Assen: Vangorcum, 1952).

6. I. During, Protrepticus: An Attempt at Reconstruction, (Goteborg: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1961).

7. I. During and G. E. L. Owen, Aristotle and Plato in the Mid- Fourth Century, Papers of the Symposium Aristotelicum held at Oxford in August, 1957, (Goteborg: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1960).

8. Leo Elders, Aristotle's Theory of the One, A Commentary on Book X of the Metaphysics, (Assen: Van Gorcum, 1961).

9. Werner Jaeger, Aristotle, Fundamentals of the History of His Development, Second Edition, translated by Richard Robinson, (New York: Oxford Paperbacks, 1962).

10. H. H. Joachim, The Nicomachean Ethics: A Commentary by the late H. H. Joachim, edited by D. A. Rees, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1951).

11. J. Lukasiewicz, Arirtotle's Syllogistic from the Standpoint of Modern Formal Logic, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1951).

12. G. R. G. Mure, Aristotle, (London: E. Benn, 1932).

13. Joseph Owens, The Doctrine of Being in the Aristotelian Metaphysics, (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1957).

14. William David Ross, Aristotle, (New York: Meridian Books, 1959).


1. A. H. Armstrong, The Architecture of the Intelligible Universe in the Philosophy of Plotinus, (Cambridge: The University Press, 1940).

2. Cyril Bailey, The Greek Atomists and Epicurus, (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1928).

3. E. Bevan, Stoics and Sceptics, (New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959).

4. I. Bochenski, Formal Logic, translated by I. Thomas, (Notre Dame: The University of Notre Dame Press, 1960).

5. E. Brehier, The Philosophy of Plotinus, (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1958).

6. Gordon H. Clark, Selections from Hellenistic Philosophy, (New York: F. S. Crofts, 1940).

7. N. W. DeWitt, Epicurus and His Philosophy (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1954).

8. C. J. DeVogel, Greek Philosophy, Volume III, (Leiden: Brill, 1959).

9. E. R. Dodds, Proclus The Elements of Theology, (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1933).

10. A. J. Festugiere, Epicurus and His Gods, translated by C. W. Chilton, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956).

11. H. D. Hicks, Stoic and Epicurean, (New York: Russell, 1961).

12. W. H. Inge, The Philosophy of Plotinus, 2 volumes, (London: Longmans, Green, 1929).

13. B. Mates, Stoic Logic, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1953).

14. S. Sambursky, Physics of the Stoics, (London: L. Routledge, 1959).

15. H. E. Witt, Albinus and the History of Middle Platonism, (Cambridge: The University Press, 1937).

18. E. Zeller, The Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics, (London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1892).

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