Neera K Badhwar

Neera K Badhwar

Neera K Badhwar


Ethics, Moral Psychology, Political Philosophy, International Ethics

Selected Publications

Wel-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life, Oxford University Press (July 2014).

“The Milgram Experiments, Learned Helplessness, and Character Traits,”Journal of Ethics (special issue on Situationism), June 2009, 1-33 (online at; 257-289 (printed).

“Is Realism Really Bad for You? A Realistic Response,” The Journal of Philosophy, V. CV, No. 2, February 2008, 85-107. (.pdf)

“Friendship and Commercial Societies,” Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, August 2008, V. 7, No. 3, 301-326. (.doc)

"Carnal Wisdom and Sexual Virtue,” in Raja Halwani ed., Sex and Ethics: Essays on Sexuality, Virtue, and the Good Life (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007), 134-46. (.doc)

“Experiments in Living,” The Philosophers’ Magazine (the Mill bicentenary issue), Issue 35, 3rd quarter (2006), 58-61. (.doc)

“International Aid: When Giving Becomes a Vice,” Social Philosophy and Policy, issue on Justice and Global Politics, Vol. 23, Winter 2006, and in E. Paul, J. Paul, and F. Miller, eds. Justice and Global Politics (Cambridge University Press), 69-101. (.doc)

“Friendship and Sexuality,” in Alan Soble, ed. Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia; 2005, 390-97. (.doc)

"Love," in Hugh LaFollete, ed. Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics (OUP, 2003), pp. 42-69. (.pdf)

"Friendship," Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (Routledge, 1998), 5,046 words (online). (.doc)

"Moral Agency, Commitment, and Impartiality," Social Philosophy and Policy, Vol. 13, 1996, 1-26, and in Community, Individual, and the State, ed. E. Paul (Cambridge University Press). (.doc)

“The Nature and Significance of Friendship,” in N. Badhwar, ed. Friendship: A Philosophical Reader (Cornell Univ. Press, 1993), pp. 1-36. (.doc)

"Altruism vs Self-Interest: Sometimes a False Dichotomy," Social Philosophy and Policy, V. 10, Jan. 1993, pp. 90-117 and in Altruism, ed. E. F. Paul (Cambridge University Press, 1993). (.doc)

"The Circumstances of Justice: Liberalism, Community, and Friendship" (pp. 208-34), Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. I, June 1993. (.doc)

"The Virtues of Benevolence: The Unnamed Virtues in the Fountainhead," presented at The Ayn Rand Society, APA Eastern Division Meetings, 1993. (.doc)

"Why It's Wrong to be Always Guided by the Best: Friendship and Consequentialism," Ethics, April 1991, pp. 483-504. (.doc)