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 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 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.

PPE Society members will be reading [link to homepage] Professor Bart Wilson’s, of Chapman University, recent book “The Property Species: Mine, yours, and the Human Mind” and discussing related theory and research surrounding the relationship between evolutionary biology, experimental methodologies in the social sciences, and socio-political institutions.

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

Our tentative schedule for the Fall 2020 semester is as follows:

Tues. Sept. 15:  6pm - 7:30pm

Tues. Sept. 29:  6pm-7:30pm

Tues. Oct. 13: 6pm-7:30pm

Tues. Oct. 27: 6pm-7:30pm

Tues. Nov. 10: 6pm-7:30pm

Tues. Nov. 24: 6pm-7:30pm