Writing

G.V. Loewen is the author of forty-eight books – thirty-six of which  will have appeared in print by the end of 2021 – and numerous other publications. A source by source compendium may be found elsewhere on this site.

After three years of catalogue and archival research, Loewen’s former editor assembled a list of over one thousand important Western scholarly authors from 1765-present. The top end of this list is reproduced here. The claim that Loewen is the most prolific of such authors in his generation is suggested by the fact that there are no others of Gen-X present on this part of the list. There are likely errors of count in certain cases and subjective judgement on what constitutes work in which genre, based on available data and changing definitions of scholarship. For instance, it is difficult to believe that Kant only wrote 25 books; this must be akin to a number of collected works volumes in translation. It would be of interest if others noted possible missing authors who may be more obscure than those listed.

Lifetime and posthumous scholarly and scholarly non-fiction books published[i], Western authors, c.1765-present.

Rank               Author                                    # of books          end of 2021 age if active

1                      Bolzano                                  79

2                      Heidegger                              78

3                      Maritain                                  77

T4                   Chomsky                                75…                                         92

T4                   Joad, C.E.M.                             75

6                      Attali, Jacques                        61…                                         76

T7                   Baumann                                59.5…                                      95

T7                   Buber                                     59.5

8                      Wells                                       53.5

9                      Serres                                     51…                                         90

10                    Ellul                                         50

T11                 Bancroft                                 49

T11                 Marias-Aguilera, J.                 49

T11                 Hobson                                   49

14                    Mommsen                              48

T15                 Russell                                    47

T15                 Toynbee                                 47

T17                 De Bono                                 46…                                         87

T17                 Fuller, J.F.                               46

19                    Von Wright, G.H.                    45

20                    Galbraith                                44

21                    Nancy                                     43.5…                                      80

22                    Gilson                                     43

23                    Eagleton                                 42…                                         77

24                    Giroux                                    41.25…                                   77

T25                 Sorokin                                   41

T25                 Wundt                                    41

T25                 Eco                                          41                                           

T27                 Fichte, J.G.                               40

T27                 Betti                                        40

T27                 Ellis                                         40

T27                 Woodcock                              40

32                    Adler, M.                                 39.67

T33                 Zizek                                       39…                                         70

T33                 Watts, A.W.                             39

T33                 Aron                                       39

36                    Bobbio                                    38

T37                 Piaget                                      37.5

T37                 Jung                                        37.5

T39                 Giddens                                  37…                                         81

T39                 Barzun                                    37

T39                 Frazer, J.G.                              37

42                    Beard, C.A.                              36

43                    Andrews, C.M.                        35

T44                 Grousset                                 34.5

T44                 Lewis, C.S.                               34.5

46                    Kermode                                34.3

T47                 Voegelin                                 34

T47                 Derrida                                   34

49                    Baudrillard                            33.5

50                    Frye                                        33.33

T51                 Agamben                                33…                                         78

T51                 Badiou                                    33…                                         83

T51                 Gay, Peter                               33…                                         97

T51                 Ganshoff                                 33

T51                 Bataille                                   33

56                    Lefebvre                                 32.33

T57                 Thielicke                                 32

T57                 Droysen                                 32

T57                 Pierce                                     32

60                    Levinas                                   31.67

T61                 Fischer, E.K.B.                        31

T61                 Fromm                                   31

T61                 Santayana                              31

T61                 Hobsbawm                             31

T65                 Dubois                                                30

T65                 Inge, W.I.                                30

T65                 Barthes                                   30

T65                 Von Hartmann                       30

T65                 Beneke                                   30

T65                 Kant                                        30

T65                 Ruskin                                    30

T72                 Habermas                              29.5…                                      91

T72                 Asimov                                   29.5

T74                 Schmitt                                   29

T74                 Von Hildebrand                     29

T74                 Mandel                                   29

T74                 Zinovyev                                29

T74                 Carr                                        29

T74                 Bentham                                 29

T74                 Haeckel                                   29

T74                 Schuon                                   29

T74                 Foucault                                 29

T83                 Ricoeur                                   28.5

T83                 Pareto                                     28.5

T85                 Fechner                                  28

T85                 Ortega Y Gasset                     28

T85                 Von Humboldt, A.                  28

T85                 Leonhard, W.                         28

T85                 Garrigou-Lagrange               28

T85                 Bain                                        28

T91                 Fichte, I.H.                              27

T91                 Deleuze                                  27

T91                 De Sanctis, F.                          27

T91                 Bunge                                     27

T91                 Loewen, G.V.                          27…                                         55

95 Solomon, R.C. 26.5

T96                 Scruton, R.                              26…                                         75

T96                 Jameson, F.                             26…                                         86

T96                 Lötze                                       26

T96                 Gould                                      26

T96                 Ellwood, C.                             26

T96                 Goodman, P.                           26


[i] includes  scholarly books, essay collections, lectures, case studies, reports, intellectual or historical biography, abridgements or collections with majority new material, collected articles, abridgements with altered or rewritten texts if known, synthetic introductions and general scholarly non-fiction and co-authors of same; must be at least 120 pages in length to account for either front or back matter pagination or both given extended single essays. Does not include memoirs, travel books, diaries, fiction or literature, basic science textbooks (e.g. Asimov), children’s books, poetry, solely aphorisms and epigrams, non-analytical self-help books, edited volumes, autobiographies, extended single essays, illustrated reports, dictionaries or encyclopedias (e.g. Gomme), lexicons, manuals or teaching aids (e.g. de Bono, Ruskin) grammars and rhetorics (e.g. Bain) handbooks, letters, revisionist histories or polemics (e.g. H.E. Barnes, Bruno Bauer, Gentile, Gobineau, Joad), political commentaries on current events (e.g. Joad), translations, unaltered reprints if known, or theistically inspired tracts and devotional literature (e.g. Priestley, Kierkegaard) or hermetics (Evola, Crowley, some of Watts).