Philosophy Titles: the good, the witty, the clever


Mike Otsuka (LSE) and friends have been collecting humorous titles of philosophy works. He gave me permission to share the project with Daily Nous readers. So, below is a list of titles selected from their collection, starting with a classic. Feel free to add more in the comments. 

Harry Frankfurt, “On Bullshit,” Raritan Quarterly Review (1986)

Susan Haack, “Is It True What They Say About Tarski?” Philosophy (1976)

Andy Egan and Adam Elga: “I Can’t Believe I’m Stupid,” Philosophical Perspectives (2005)

Hillel Steiner, ‘Can a Social Contract be Signed by an Invisible Hand?’ in Democracy, Consensus and Social Contract (Sage, 1978) [on part I of Anarchy, State and Utopia]

Hugh Lazenby, “One Kiss Too Many?” Journal of Political Philosophy (2010)

David Boonin, “Robbing PETA to Spay Paul: Do Animal Rights Include Reproductive Rights?” Between the Species, online edition, August 2003

Roger Higgs,”Mum’s the word: confidentiality and incest” Journal of Medical Ethics (1985)

Alastair Norcross, “Off Her Trolley? Frances Kamm and the Metaphysics of Morality”, Utilitas (2008).

Campbell Brown, “Better Never to Have Been Believed: Benatar on the Harm of Existence,” Economics and Philosophy (2011). [A critical notice of David Benetar’s Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence]

David Enoch, “Once You Start Using Slippery Slope Arguments, You’re on a Very Slippery Slope”, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2001)

David Enoch, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice If p, therefore p”, Utilitas (2009)

Neil Sinhababu, “Possible Girls,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2008)

Hilary Putnam, “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, Journal of Philosophy  (1962)

David Kaplan, “Transworld Heir Lines” in The Actual and the Possible (Cornell, 1967)

Peter Vallentyne, “Of mice and men: equality and animals”, Journal of Ethics (2005)

David Boonin, “A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (1993) [on Susan Wolf’s ‘Moral Saints’]

Sebastian Köhler, “Do Expressivists Have an Attitude Problem?” Ethics (2013)

Peter Railton, “Locke, Stock, and Peril: Natural Property Rights, Pollution, and Risk,” in Facts, Values, and Norms (Cambridge, 1985)

Hilary Putnam, “A quick Read is a wrong Wright,” Analysis (1985) [a reply to Stephen Read and Crispin Wright]

Kent Bach, “The Emperor’s New ‘Knows’” in Contextualism in Philosophy (Oxford, 2005)

Kenneth Taylor, “Sex, Breakfast, and Descriptus Interruptus,” Synthese (2001)

Alan Hájek, “Waging War on Pascal’s Wager,” Philosophical Review (2003)

Jonathan Dancy, “Contemplating One’s Nagel,” [review of Nagel’s The View from Nowhere] Philosophical Books (1988)

Mark Hager, “Sex in the Original Position: A Restatement of Liberal Feminism,” Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal (1999)

Shlomi Segall, “If You’re a Luck Egalitarian, How Come You Read Bedtime Stories to Your Children?” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (2011)

Nathan Salmon, “A Millian Heir Rejects the Wages of Sinn” in Propositional Attitudes: The Role of Content in Logic, Language, and Mind (CSLI, 1990)

Peter Unger, “I Do Not Exist” in Perception and Identity (Cornell, 1979)

Stephen Gardiner, “Are We the Scum of the Earth? Climate Change, Geoengineering, and Humanity’s Challenge” in Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change (MIT, 2012)

George Sher, In Praise of Blame (Oxford, 2007)

David Benatar, “The Unbearable Lightness of Bringing into Being,” Journal of Applied Philosophy (1999)

Christopher Stone, “Should Trees Have Standing?” in Law, Morality, and the Environment (Oxford, 2010)

David Wasserman, “Let them Eat Chances: Probability and Distributive Justice,” Economics and Philosophy (1996)

Alan Hájek, “The Reference Class Problem is Your Problem Too,” Synthese (2007)

John Roberts, “Lewis, Carroll, and Seeing Through the Looking Glass,” American Journal of Philosophy 1998 [on Lewis and Carroll’s views on Humean Supervenience, arguing against the success of the ‘Mirror Argument’]

Gerald Lang and Rob Lawlor, “In Defense of Batman,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (2013)

Hillel Steiner, “Silver spoons and golden genes: talent differentials and distributive justice” in The Moral and Political Status of Children (Oxford, 2002)

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