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Famous Philosopher: 10 Books EVERYONE Should Read

In a speech, Peter Kreeft recommended these ten books as essential for everyone's intellectual formation.
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Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and the author of numerous books on logic, religion, and philosophy.

Several years ago, in a speech at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky, he recommended ten books everyone should read. They were written by two saints (one of whom was a philosopher), two philosophers (one of whom was a saint), four poets (one of whom was also a dramatist), one mathematician (the maximum number allowed), and one novelist. And one author appears twice because he is the greatest: Homer.

Here they are:

1) The Iliad and Odyssey, by Homer

2) Plato’s Dialogues

3) The Aeneid, by Virgil

4) The Confessions, by St. Augustine

5) The Summa Theologica, by St. Thomas Aquinas

6) The Divine Comedy, by Dante

7) Shakespeare’s plays

8) The Penseés, by Pascal

9) The Brothers Karamazov, by Dostoevsky

10) The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien


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Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran is the editor of Classical Teacher magazine, published by Memoria Press, and the director of the Classical Latin School Association.

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Don't trust him. He missed Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance... :-/