Carlos Nino was a publicly engaged intellectual of rare integrity and brilliance. In his dedication to human rights, the rule of law, and constitutional legitimacy he combined passion with wisdom and analytic clarity. His inexhaustible courage in fighting to restore decency to his nation provides a model for others working in the wake of dictatorship. We are fortunate to have in his writings a record of his remarkable thought and experience. Thomas Nagel
I started compiling this bibliography back when I was an undergraduate student at the university of Buenos Aires, and continued to work on it intermittently over the next few years. In 2007, my hard drive was damaged in an accident and most of the data stored in it was lost. I had since then assumed that the document containing the bibliography was among the affected files. A week ago, however, I stumbled upon a copy of it. Thinking that there might be sufficient interest in this information among legal scholars and other academics, I spent a few hours over the following days updating the references and formatting the bibliography for online publication. I would like to thank the staff at various institutions whose libraries I consulted in the course of preparing this document, in particular Universidad de San Andrés, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Filosófico, Centro de Investigaciones Filosóficas, University of Oxford (Bodleian Law Library), Balliol College and University of Toronto (Robarts Library).
If we compare McTaggart with the other commentators on Hegel we must admit that he has at least produced an extremely lively and fascinating rabbit from the Hegelian hat, whilst they have produced nothing but consumptive and gibbering chimeras. And we shall admire his resource and dexterity all the more when we reflect that the rabbit was, in all probability, never inside the hat, whilst the chimeras perhaps were.
A while ago, I did a quick survey of the literature on earning to give—the pursuit of a high-earning career with the express purpose of donating a large portion of one’s earnings to high-impact charities. Given the recent interest in the topic, I thought I should turn those notes into a proper bibliography. If I’m missing anything, please let me know.
The most important question of all is also one of the most neglected. The list below includes what are, to the best of my knowledge, the only scholarly writings in the contemporary literature that directly address the question of why the universe exists. (That question includes two sub-questions, ‘Why is there anything at all?’ and ‘Why does this particular world exist, rather than some other’, which we may call the “general” and the “special” ultimate questions of existence, respectively.) Note that this excludes non-scholarly writings (such as Jim Holt’s Why does the world exist?); writings that address the question indirectly (such as those found in certain areas within physical cosmology and the philosophy of religion); and writings too removed from the present (published before, say, 1850, such as Leibniz’s De rerum originatione radicali). My personal recommendations are boldfaced.
If you think I’m missing something, please let me know.
A professor of economics is planning to give a course on effective altruism in the coming academic year, and he asked me and others for a brief list of relevant scholarly writings. Here’s what I suggested [I have since revised and updated the list—PS, April 2020]:
This bibliography was prepared for a research project on California Proposition 2 that I undertook a while ago, while volunteering for Effective Animal Activism. As I became increasingly busy with many other activities, the project was eventually put on hold. I hope to resume work at some point in the future; in the meantime, I thought I should at least make this material public, in the hope that it might inspire others to do research in this and related areas.
Socius, lector, thesaurarii iunioris inter belli angustias uice functus, moralis philosophiae in academia professor disciplinae illius alias quoque partes singulari acumine et diligentia lucidissime tractauit. Non minus se ipsum quam alios nouerat. In sermone plus salis quam fellis habuit. Sueciae amorem prae se tulit. Huic collegio studuit opera consiliis testamento sustinendo. Vita decessit A.S.mcmlxxi suae aetatis lxxxiv
This bibliography is based on (1) C. Lewy’s ‘Writings of C. D. Broad, to the end of July 1959’, in Paul A. Schilpp (ed.) The philosophy of C. D. Broad, New York: Tudor Publishing Company, 1959, pp. 833–852; (2) Andrew Chrucky’s Works by C. D. Broad; and (3) my own research online and at various British libraries. It is my best attempt to make Broad’s writings freely available on the web. Corrections and additions are welcome.
What interests me most are the metaphysical questions whose answers can affect our emotions, and have rational and moral significance. Why does the Universe exist? What makes us the same person throughout our lives? Do we have free will? Is time’s passage an illusion?