The journal first appeared in 1983 under the editorship of Ellen Frankel Paul, Jeffrey Paul and Fred Miller at Bowling Green State University's Social Philosophy and Policy Center. It has a paid circulation of over 9,000, up by over 40% since the journal moved to Tucson in 2012 and by far the largest circulation among philosophy journals in the Anglo-American world. The semi-annual conferences and the issues of the journal that emerge from them are thematic in format. We aim to honor the journal's tradition of examining the philosophical underpinnings and the economic, political, and legal dimensions of enduring social policy debates.
Fred D. Miller, Jr.