Political Theory Project

Philosophy, Politics and Economics Honors 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 Honors Society (PPE Society) is both a scholarship and learning opportunity for students at Brown to investigate social science and political philosophy while engaging with similarly dedicated students, faculty, and visiting researchers.

Recipients earn a $500 stipend per semester that they participate in the PPE Society. Students must fulfill all formal requirements in order to receive funds at the end of each semester. Scholarships 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 scholars 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 scholars will also have unique opportunities to meet visiting scholars hosted by the PTP and participate in more intimate sessions of dialogue and inquiry.

In the Fall 2020 semester, PPE Society members will be reading a new book authored by Professor Bart Wilson, of Chapman University, “The Property Species: Mine, yours, and the Human Mind,” as well as discussing related theory and research surrounding the relationship between evolutionary biology, experimental methodologies in the social sciences, and socio-political institutions. 

Meetings will be held via zoom or via social distancing protocols outside the PTP’s office building at 25 George Street. All are welcome to attend and participate.

The tentative Fall 2020 schedule of PPE society meetings is as follows:

Tuesday Sept. 15, 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday Sept. 29, 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday Oct. 13,  6pm - 8pm

Tuesday Oct. 27, 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday Nov. 10, 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday Nov 24, 6pm - 8pm

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