John Arthur 1946-2007

John Arthur was a beloved professor of philosophy at Binghamton University and director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics and Law from 1988 to 2006. One of John's greatest pleasures was having a friendly debate about philosophical issues over a meal or a cup of coffee.

John Arthur Café

Professor John Arthur passed away in 2007 after a battle with cancer fought with his usual grace, courage and humor. He was a man of many talents: scholar, teacher, mentor, colleague, friend.

It's not easy to memorialize someone like John Arthur, but we think we've found a way - the John Arthur Café: cozy, welcoming and centrally located in the Fine Arts Building, where students and faculty can meet indoors or out, to share a cup of coffee, talk and debate. The Café became a reality through the generosity of many donors. Click here to view a list of donors to this project (.pdf, 60 kb).

Those who had John as a professor knew that few things mattered more to him than his students. He committed himself wholeheartedly to developing each student's capacity to delve into a topic or theory, look at if from all angles, turn it upside down and inside out - and then look at it again.

John touched generations of students. He was an exceptional teacher and mentor. He helped students understand what it means to question, to search, to learn. He actively encouraged an environment of collegiality, but there was nothing he loved more than a dispute - as long as it involved well-reasoned arguments and ended with a handshake.

Join us in remembering John.

Please help support a place where students and teachers can converse in a relaxed and inviting setting.

To make your donation by credit card, go to Select "Other, please specify" from the gift designation drop-down list of choices and then type in "John Arthur Café account #10478" in the space provided.

Donation checks should be made payable to Binghamton University Foundation and mailed to: Binghamton University Foundation, PO Box 6005, Binghamton, NY 13902-6005. Please indicate (on the check memo line or in a note accompanying your check) that your donation is in support of the John Arthur Café and designated for account #10478.

Last Updated: 4/27/18