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CLT and CLI Author Bank

CLI’s Recommended Sources

Hundreds of different men and women have made valuable contributions to the richness of modern philosophy and thought. The CLT in particular draws on sources that have helped shape the course of Western intellectual thought, including authors of diverse backgrounds and philosophies.  Beginning with the January 2017 CLT, two-thirds of CLT reading and writing passages will be drawn from the list of authors below.  Please continue to review this document, as this list will be subject to periodic revision.  

  • Alighieri, Dante
  • Adams, John 
  • Adler, Mortimer
  • Arendt, Hannah
  • Aristotle
  • Bacon, Francis
  • Beauvoir, Simone de
  • Belloc, Hilaire
  • Bentham, Jeremy
  • Boyle, Robert
  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich
  • Buber, Martin
  • Calvin, John 
  • Cavendish, Margaret
  • Chesterton, G.K.
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Cicero
  • Copernicus, Nicolaus
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Dawson, Christopher
  • Descartes, René
  • Dickens, Charles 
  • Dostoevsky
  • Du Bois, W.E.B.
  • Edwards, Jonathan 
  • Einstein, Albert 
  • Epicurus
  • Eliot, T.S. 
  • Fabre, J. Henri
  • Galilei, Galileo
  • Hamilton, Alexander
  • Hegel, George Wilhelm Friedrich
  • Heidegger, Martin
  • Hobbes, Thomas
  • Homer
  • Hume, David
  • James, William
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Kant, Immanuel
  • Kepler, Johannes
  • Kierkegaard, Søren
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr.
  • Lewis, C.S.
  • Locke, John
  • Luther, Martin
  • Machiavelli, Niccolò
  • Madison, James
  • Marx, Karl
  • Mendel, Gregor
  • Merton, Thomas
  • Milton, John
  • Montaigne, Michel de
  • Montesquieu, Charles
  • Newman, John Henry
  • Newton, Isaac
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich
  • O’Connor, Flannery 
  • Pascal, Blaise
  • Planck, Max
  • Plato
  • Pope St. John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła)
  • Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger)
  • Pope Leo XIII
  • Percy, Walker
  • Plutarch
  • Ptolemy
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul
  • Sayers, Dorothy 
  • Shakespeare 
  • Smith, Adam
  • St. Augustine of Hippo
  • St. Teresa of Ávila
  • St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross 
  • St. Thomas Aquinas 
  • St. Thomas More
  • Thucydides
  • Tolkien, J.R.R.
  • Tolstoy
  • Undset, Sigrid
  • Virgil
  • Voltaire, François 
  • von Hildebrand, Dietrich
  • Waugh, Evelyn
  • Weber, Max
  • Weil, Simone
  • Wollstonecraft, Mary