List of 50
|Hindu - Vedic / General||1. Rg Veda||23. Sankara||7. Mahabharata; 9. Ramayana; 14. Kalidasa||5|
|Hindu - Bhakti||33. Ramanuja||24. Tiruvacakam||2|
|Buddhist - S. Asian||4. Samyutta Nikaya||12. Nagarjuna||2|
|Buddhist - E. Asian||26. Jingde Chuandenglu||20. Zhiyi||2|
|Japanese||28. Genji Monogatari||1|
|Chinese - Daoist||13. Wang Bi||15. Zhuangzi Zhushu||2|
|Chinese - General / Confucian||8. Sima Qian; 30. Sima Guang||6. Xunzi; 34. Sishu Zhangju Jizhu||19. Wenxuan; 31. Su Shi; 39. Tangshi Pinhui||7|
|Greco-Roman||3. Herodotus||5. Plato||2. Iliad; 10. Aeneid||4|
|Christian||11. Bible||16. Eusebius||18. Augustine; 40. Calvin||4|
|Pre-Islamic / Zoroastrian||22. Muallaqat; 27. Shahnama||2|
|Islamic - General / Sunni||21. Quran||25. al-Tabari||29. Ibn Sina; 32. al-Ghazali||4|
|Islamic - CWANA Sufi||35. Ibn Arabi||36. Rumi||2|
|Islamic - S. Asian Sufi||41. Akbarnama||38. Amir Khusrau||2|
|European - Romance||44. Descartes||37. Dante; 43. Cervantes||3|
|European - English||47. Gibbon||45. Locke||42. Shakespeare; 48. Austen||4|
|European - German / Slavic||46. Kant; 50. Marx||49. Dostoevysky||3|
Several points where this list's selection actually differs from the List of 150:
12. Nagarjuna - the selection is Mulamadhyamakakarika. In the List of 150, its Tibetan commentary by Tsong Kha Ba is selected. In the shrinkage from 150 -> 50, Tibetan as a language with only one representative text is eliminated.
15. Zhuangzi Zhushu - this is the version including the sub-commentary by the (religious) Daoist Cheng Xuanying. The change is to compensate for cutting all 4 religious Daoist texts in the List of 150.
44. Descartes - the text selected here is Discourses on Method in French of 1637, rather than Meditions on First Philosophy in Latin of 1641. Done to mitigate the under-representation of the French language.
49. Dostoevsky - the text selected is Brothers Karamazov. Selected instead of Tolstoy War and Peace. Intent is to also represent Russian Orthodox-inclined religious thoughts that is represented in the List of 150 by Solovyov.
It is very difficult to include in a list of 50 to include Plato and Aristotle at the same time!