As a follow-up to my last post, one of the things I really wanted to do with my USyd fellowship time was to read more. I asked my friends and colleagues to recommend to me a philosophy text (broadly defined) that was influential to them or that changed the way they thought. I collated those responses below. For the next 2 years, I’m going to work my way through these 85 books. If anyone is interested in following along, here is a download link to almost all of them.
  1. Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble
  2. Junichiro Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows
  3. Elizabeth Povinelli, Geontologies
  4. Loren Eiseley, The Unexpected Universe *
  5. Fyodor Dstoyesvsky, Notes from the Underground
  6. Zygmunt Bauman, Liquid Fear
  7. Felix Guattari, The Three Ecologies
  8. Anna Tsing, Mushroom at the End of the World
  9. Isabelle Stengers, In Catastrophic Times
  10. Andrew Culp, Dark Deleuze
  11. Slavoj Zizek, Living in the End Times
  12. Giambattista Vico, New Science
  13. Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition
  14. M. Cioran, On the Height of Despair
  15. Fernand Braudel, Memory and the Mediterranean
  16. Michel de Montaigne, The Essays
  17. Friedrich Kittler, Discourse Networks
  18. Timothy Morton, Humankind *
  19. Bertrand Russell, The History of Western Philosophy
  20. Plato, Symposium
  21. Baruch Spinoza, Ethics
  22. Luce Irigaray, To Be Born
  23. Eugene Thacker, After Life
  24. Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
  25. Jean Baudrillard, Screened Out
  26. Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism
  27. Ben Woodward, On and Underground Earth
  28. Carl Sagan, Cosmos
  29. Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway
  30. Reza Negarestani, Cyclonopedia
  31. Bjornar Olsen, In Defense of Things
  32. Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Judgment (Part I)
  33. Sarah Ahmed, The Promise of Happiness
  34. Michel Serres, The Five Senses
  35. Elizabeth Grosz, The Incorporeal
  36. Giles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, Antioedipus
  37. Tim Ingold, The Perception of the Environment
  38. Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception
  39. Annmarie Mol, The Body Multiple
  40. Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of the Mind
  41. Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space
  42. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
  43. Edouard Glissant, Poetics of Relation
  44. Roy Wagner, The Invention of Culture
  45. Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
  46. Antonio Negri, The Politics of Subversion
  47. Nicholas Abraham & Maria Torok, The Shell and the Kernel
  48. Raoul Vaneigem, The Revolution of Everyday Life
  49. John Berger, Confabulations
  50. Walter Benjamin, Illuminations
  51. Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future
  52. Manuel De Landa, A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History
  53. Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life
  54. Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge
  55. Wolfgang Schivelbusch, The Railway Journey
  56. John Law, Aircraft Stories
  57. Judith Butler, Frames of War
  58. Benjamin Noys, Malign Velocities
  59. Annie Dillard, The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  60. Michael Taussig, Defacement
  61. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction
  62. Jacques Ranciere, Disagreement
  63. Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Woman, Native, Other
  64. Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer
  65. Erin Manning, Relationscapes
  66. Martin Heidegger, Poetry, Language, Thought
  67. Julia Kristeva, Black Sun
  68. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
  69. Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
  70. Jean Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition
  71. Francis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man
  72. Carl Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul
  73. Marilyn Strathern, The Gender of the Gift
  74. Catherine Malabou, Ontology of the Accident
  75. Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics
  76. Bernard Stiegler, Techniques and Time 1
  77. Rosi Braidotti, The Posthuman
  78. Alexander Weheliye, Habeas Viscus
  79. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
  80. Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands
  81. Richard Rorty, Achieving our Country
  82. K. Gibson Graham, The End of Capitalism
  83. Peter Burger, Theory of the Avant Garde
  84. Jürgen Habermas, Theory of Communicative Action
  85. Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude