We are pleased to announce the publication of Issue No. 1 of the Public Philosophy Journal. The exciting articles included in this issue are the first produced by the PPJ’s unique Formative Peer Review process. Created to nurture scholarly habits rooted in values of collegiality and care, Formative Peer Review fosters public inclusion with an emphasis on trust and transparency. In contrast to traditional peer review, our accessible review platform welcomes equal collaboration among composers, reviewers, and review coordinators working within and beyond the academy. In this issue you will find composers engaging pressing issues of philosophical and social concern from food ethics and prison reform to healthcare and philosophy with children. We hope you find their work inspiring and that you will consider contributing work of your own.

Practicing Public Scholarship

Christopher Long

Situating the Public Philosophy Journal at the intersection of philosophy and questions of public concern, this essay articulates how the journal hopes to practice public scholarship through a formative review process designed to create communities capable of enriching public life.

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Toward Engaging a Broader Public: Children and Public Philosophy

Michael Burroughs, Desiree Valentine

As public philosophers, we also wish to draw attention to additional forms of and possibilities for public philosophy to engage a broader public. To this end, we discuss “philosophy with children” as an additional form of public philosophy that can expand this domain of philosophical work to be inclusive of and influenced by children, a social group that, we contend, is often dismissed or overlooked in our discipline and as a component of the ‘public’ we seek to engage.

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Reflections on the Women's March: A Place at the Table

Alexandra Hidalgo

This essay and A Place at the Table try to unpack the experience of the March for those who attended the version that took place in Lansing, Michigan, which was named the March on Lansing.

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From Deficits to Possibilities: Mentoring Lessons from Plants on Cultivating Individual Growth through Environmental Assessment and Optimization

Beronda Montgomery

This essay discusses plant biology-inspired practices for supporting the development of a diverse range of students, academic staff, and faculty members as researchers, scholarly thinkers, and independent practitioners. Growth-perspective relationships with plants indicate vast potential for our capacity to progressively support diverse individuals in the academy. This essay investigates effective means for planting and cultivating growth-focused mentoring and faculty development initiatives.

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Rethinking Civil Commitment: The Radical Resources of the Ethics of Care

Susan Hawthorne, Amy Ihlan

The public debate over involuntary treatment or confinement for mental illness reflects important shared assumptions of US constitutional law and political culture, where protection of individual freedom and the limitation of state power are primary concerns. We offer an alternative way of thinking about the purposes and practices of civil commitment under an ethics of care, which opens new directions for civil commitment law, with care for those who have mental illness as a guiding standard.

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Working With: Implementing a Feminist Pragmatist Approach in Undergraduate Education to Support Local Food Recovery

Danielle Lake, Lisa Sisson, Anne Marie Fauvel

Traditional philosophical approaches and market strategies have failed to provide stakeholders with the tools they need to address the systemic issues surrounding access to food. Combining a wicked problems framework with a feminist pragmatist methodology empowers students to address these issues in and with local communities. This article documents the philosophy and initial outcomes of students’ efforts to support the work of the Heartside Gleaning Initiative in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Ending Life: Incarceration, Health, and Institutional Epistemic Injustice

Nancy McHugh

This paper explains an important way in which institutional epistemic injustice is imposed on people and embodied. It analyzes the effects of this embodied epistemic state on incarcerated people and those who are responsible for caring for them to show how this embodied concept of institutional epistemic injustice can help us understand the health and healthcare needs of people who are aging in the US carceral system.

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An Expanded Understanding of the Ethical Importance of Civic Engagement in Food Sourcing Decisions at the Institutional Level

Tannya Forcone, Zachary Piso, Dan Remley, Robert Streiffer, Glennon Sweeney

Making institutional procurement decisions more fully comply with the norms of deliberative democracy can help to identify value conflicts, reduce the extent of those conflicts, and find a path to their appropriate resolution. Principled civic engagement practices can create equitable and inclusive environments in which democratic deliberation can take place. The resulting decisions can benefit in terms of legitimacy, respectfulness, and epistemic soundness.

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