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James E. Hartley

James E. Hartley is a Professor of Economics at Mount Holyoke College. He also teaches classes and reading groups on the Great Books of Western Civilization. His website with discussions of an array of books is https://jamesehartley.com 

James E. Hartley Jan 5, 2021

Quiz: Name the five most influential philosophy books in Western Civilization. Go ahead, make your list. Don’t worry if you are not an expert in the history of philosophy. Just name the five most influential philosophy books of which you have heard.

There are a lot of viable candidates for that list of five. The number of possible lists is vast. But there is one book that, while it should be on everyone’s list, would show up on very few lists unless mentioned in advance. What is this most important work of philosophy that nobody remembers to list? The Bible.

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