Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society (PPE)

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

-Alexis De Tocqueville

The PPE Society aims to discover and unite Brown University students who share a desire to understand how societies may become better places for their citizens to live and flourish. The PPE Society is both a scholarship and learning opportunity for students at Brown to investigate social science and political philosophy while engaging with other similarly dedicated students, faculty, and visiting researchers.

Recipients will 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 University for a maximum of 4 consecutive years (possible $4,000 total).

During each semester, PPE scholars will participate in a guided reading and discussion group, meeting approximately every other week while classes are in session. Readings will be 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 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.

The topical theme of the PPE Society for the Spring 2020 academic semester will be "Anarchy, Statelessness and Self Governance." 

Meetings are held in the conference room of the PTP at 8 Fones Alley and run from 6:30pm till 8:00pm. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Schedule for the Spring 2020 Semester:

  • January 28
  • February 11
  • February 20 - Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business a book panel with Anja Shortland
  • February 25 
  • March 10
  • March 31
  • April 2 - "Legal Systems Unlike Our Own," an Odyssey lecture with David Friedman
  • April 14
  • April 26 - film screening Koyanaasqatsi w/ commentary from Godfrey Reggio (Sayles Hall 8pm)
  • April 27 - dinner with Godfrey Reggio (TBD)
  • April 30 - "On Statelessness" an Odyssey lecture with James C. Scott