The following is a timeline of the great books of western philosophy, by century, beginning with Plato and ending with the great works of the twentieth century. The timeline comprises 73 books drawn from multiple lists, including:
- The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books by James Garvey
- The Great Books of the Western World published by the Encyclopædia Britannica
- Douglas Lackey’s survey of thousands of philosophers on the most important philosophy books of the twentieth century.
- My own knowledge of the subject drawn from reading several histories of philosophy and several intellectual histories.