A collection of essays drawn from the Pell Honors Program held at Binghamton University, the State University of New York. Each essay addresses contemporary issues in justice and law. The essays originated as Honors papers through the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Law of Binghamton University’s Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.
The Binghamton Journal of Philosophy publishes original research articles in philosophy written by undergraduate students under the close supervision of faculty members. The articles cover a full range of philosophical topics and traditions. Along with contributing to the contemporary literature on the issues they address, they illustrate the promise of the next generation of philosophers.
The articles are the products of the Pell Honors Program—a joint venture between the Philosophy Department and the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Law at Binghamton University. The goal of the Pell Honors Program is to introduce undergraduate students to an intensive writing experience beyond the typical undergraduate education. Students write a peer- and jury-reviewed article that they then defend at a public conference. Students are exposed to graduate-level and professional standards of writing and speaking by developing their own philosophical writing in the context of working closely with faculty and the other participants in the program.
Each article in the journal has been written in consultation with the Director of the Pell Program and another faculty member who is an expert in the philosophical literature the article contributes to. Upon completion, the author presents and defends the paper to a panel of faculty and a public audience. Only papers that are judged suitable by the faculty panel are then revised for publication in the Binghamton Journal of Philosophy. This degree of faculty review is unique among undergraduate philosophy journals, most of which are edited by undergraduates.
The Binghamton Journal Philosophy serves as a model for undergraduate research in philosophy. Each article makes an original contribution to scholarship, each is the work of an undergraduate student, and each is the product of a focused and innovative mentoring effort on the part of faculty. It is thus of special interest, both intellectually and pedagogically, to all academic philosophers and their students.
Christopher Morgan-Knapp is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Law at Binghamton University, State University of New York.