Jesse Ferraioli '23 (advisor: Plunkett)
My research focused on water ethics in North America, specifically regarding how water is governed on indigenous lands in North America. In the past 20 years, the Canadian government has begun to recognize the ethical importance of the traditional knowledge of indigenous communities and how "interjurisdictional collaboration" with them is key for effective political solutions to protecting water resources. In the U.S., economic equity is still the base point for valuing water, whereas in Canada, policymakers are attempting something new. Recognizing the importance of the bias of knowledge that goes into policy can allow policy-makers to avoid the marginalization of Indigenous governance over their own natural resources: something that happens too often in the United States. The philosophical bases I considered were ethics and epistemology, and I used this research grant as a jumping-off point to begin research into a larger project or thesis down the road. The scope of my research combines both of my academic focuses on philosophy and environmental studies.
Anthony Perez '23 (advisor: Plunkett)
The goal of my research will be to learn more about the way that anti-discrimination law plays into current political topics like affirmative action and reparations for African-Americans. First, I considered the legal philosophy question as to how anti-discrimination law interacts with our notions of fairness and equality. In other words, in what ways, if any, should the law be used to promote perceived societal progress? Second, I considered the normative question specifically regarding affirmative action and reparations. I am interested in how greater integration might plays into something like affirmative action since one consequence of affirmative action is, ideally, greater racial integration within certain institutions.
Connor Roemer '23 (advisor: Binkoski)
Environmental justice is the idea that there should be a just distribution of costs and benefits amongst parties privy to environmental issues. Often times, many of the worst ecological and environmental effects disproportionately impact marginalized groups or those in developing countries. Environmental justice can be witnessed on both a local, domestic, and international level. In this period of rapid global change, environmental justice is becoming more important than ever. Additionally, the climate crisis is exacerbating these issues on an unprecedented level, bringing the climate justice to the forefront as well. My research project focused on these issues, as well as the resulting ethical questions. Who has moral duties when it comes to environmental justice? Do we as individuals have a moral obligation to reduce these environmental disparities? Do the United States and other developed nations have a moral obligation to remedy the global inequalities? How can we best go about it?