Political Theory Project

Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society

We aim to unite students who share the desire to understand how societies may become better places for their citizens to live and flourish.

Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.

Alexis De Tocqueville French Political Scientist

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society (PPE Society) aims to discover and unite Brown students who share a desire to understand how societies may become better places for their citizens to live and flourish. The PPE Society pursues this topic while holding dual commitments to disciplinary and ideological pluralism. We are interdisciplinary, as we engage and investigate the ideas and research across all academic disciplines relevant to human societies. Naturally, we primarily focus upon the disciplines within our namesake (Philosophy, Political Science and Economics), but students from all academic disciplines and concentrations are welcome to submit PPE Society applications and attend related events. We are committed to ideological pluralism in so far as we explicitly showcase alternative and often competing political and ideological viewpoints in our readings, discussions and sponsored events. In short, the PPE Society seeks to provide a space for open discourse, dialogue, disagreement, and debate about social institutions and social ideologies. Again, all are always welcome.

The PPE Society provides a competitive fellowship opportunity for student applicants. Fellows receive a $500 research stipend per semester while they remain active members in the PPE Society. Student fellows must fulfill all formal requirements in order to receive funds at the end of each semester. PPE Society fellowships are renewable for each year that a student remains enrolled at Brown for a maximum of 4 consecutive years (possible $4,000 total).

During each semester, PPE Society fellows participate in a guided reading and discussion group, meeting approximately every other week while classes are in session. Readings are selected with the aim of deepening the group's appreciation and understanding of theories and research relevant to that semester's guest presentations via Odyssey lectures, the PPE seminar series, and or Janus Forum events. PPE fellows also have unique opportunities to meet and interact with visiting scholars hosted by the PTP.

Please click here or follow the link in the sidebar for instructions on how to apply.

 

In the Spring 2021 semester, PPE Society members will be discussing the topic "Should the U.S. Supreme Court be Reformed?" as well as reading related theory and research. 

Meetings will be held via zoom. All are welcome to attend and participate.

The tentative Spring 2021 schedule of PPE society meetings is as follows:

Tuesday Feb. 2, 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday Feb. 15, 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday March 2,  6pm - 8pm

Tuesday March 23, 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday April 6, 6pm - 8pm

Thursday April 8, 6pm - 8pm Janus Forum online event.

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