Philosophy Essay Titles

Philosophy, something that we all have and it shows when different people have completely contrasting opinions about the same subject or situation. Despite these conflicts, humans have generally settled on a set group of rules and ideologies that we can all agree on for the most part. There are many ways to approach philosophy and this is evident if you simply observe the activities of individuals around the world, as reported by the news. In the following points from thesis helpers, I will outline aspects of a philosophy title that help to make it a good one:

  • Relevance to your readers.
  • As mentioned in the introduction, many people come from different cultural backgrounds therefore, unless writing a text or reference book, one should understand that the work they’re doing should only target a specific selection of the readers out there. Usually the morals practiced in politics and the social strains one culture may pose on another as but a few of the issues challenged when writing specifically.

  • Ability to find evidence to back it up.
  • The necessity for evidence is not only due to the influence that science and its advancements have throughout the world but also because the legislative protocols and regulations implemented in most developed and developing countries utilize the mechanic of evidence to govern their decisions.

  • Practical applications to real world situations.
  • When writing an essay on philosophy one must connect their points to certain criteria, one of which is its effect on varying cultures while they interact. There are many examples and documented instances in history where the morale and beliefs of the philosophical have literally changed its course.

  • The amount of interest it can spark in the general public.
  • One may gather from the last point that the topic of philosophy is not a light debate and any relevant piece of text or attainable media that expands on the issues at the forefront of discussions belong in that bracket. Once your article gets the public thinking, a revolution may be inevitable.

  • Titles dealing with hard to define topics.
  • Some may argue that involving oneself in a discussion that has a high probability to end inconclusively is a waste of time but, to the philosophical mind, engaging in these conversations can lead to a higher understanding of certain behavioral patterns that are still undefined to this day.

    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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