PPE Videos

Professors Anomaly and Sayre-McCord have some PPE-related videos are available on WiPhi Open Access Philosophy. Anomaly’s “What Are Public Goods?,” “Collective Action Problems,” and “Can Greed Be Rational?” are available here and Sayre-McCord’s “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” is available here.

PPE Undergraduate Colloquium

Every year the Duke/UNC PPE program brings together about 20 outstanding PPE students from across the country to discuss a core topic with moral, economic, and political dimensions.  Past topics have included Crime and Punishment, Equality, and Libertarian Paternalism.  This year our theme was Collective Action.  The readings focused on how to model collective action problems, and how to think about whether social norms or legal sanctions can help solve particular collective action problems like preserving environmental resources.  The event was organized by Jonathan Anomaly, and featured four sessions, each led by a different faculty member.  At each session, students explored various aspects of collective action, and we continued the conversations throughout the weekend at lunches and dinners held in Chapel Hill.  The papers we read included a classic book excerpt from Mancur Olson, and contemporary articles by Carol Rose, Elinor Ostrom, and David Schmidtz.

PPE colloquium
“I had an incredible time and became friends with an amazing group. I hope this gathering continues to be a tradition for future PPE students, because it’s been a highlight of my time at Notre Dame.”

“This was an amazing opportunity for students from all over the country to come together and share their perspectives on issues we have been studying for years.  It allowed us to break out of our university’s environment and culture.”

“It was an honor to attend an event where so many bright, engaged and driven students come together to discuss our world’s problems”

“The PPE colloquium was a great opportunity to give these nuanced subjects the close attention and careful analysis they deserve.”

Two Weekend Seminars in the Spring

The PPE Program will be running two intensive one day seminars in the Spring, one on “Equality: Whether and Why It Matters” on February 27th, and the other on “The Morality of Markets” on April 2nd.

Spring Reading Groups

We are offering three reading groups this Spring: “Banerjee and Duflo’s Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Poverty“; “Emotions in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics”; and “Yoram Hazony’s The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture.” The groups will meet over dinner (at Gourmet Kingdom in Carrboro).  The readings will be provided and the cost of dinner will be covered. Space limited.

For details, go HERE.

Take a Prof to Lunch

Would you like to have food and conversation with one of your PPE professors, on the PPE Program’s tab?

You and one or two friends can invite a PPE faculty member or grad student to lunch anywhere within walking distance (e.g. Lenoir, Franklin Street) and UNC’s PPE Program will cover the bill, up to $10 per person.

To sign up, send an email to the Jonny Anomaly (anomaly@email.unc.edu) with the names of the professor and the two or three students doing the inviting.  He’ll let you know the (minimal) procedures.

Two Weekend Seminars in the Fall

The PPE Program, in collaboration with the Institute for Humane Studies, will be running two intensive one day seminars in the Fall, one on “Equality: Whether and Why It Matters” on Sept. 26th, and the other on “Public Choice and Government Failure” on October 24th.

Fall Reading Groups

We are offering three reading groups this Fall: “Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are divided by Politics and Religion,” “Sally Haslanger’s Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique” and “Human Rights and International Law.”  The groups will meet over dinner (at Gourmet Kingdom in Carrboro).  The readings will be provided and the cost of dinner will be covered.

For details, go HERE.

New Faculty

We are delighted to welcome Brookes Brown and David Frank as new faculty in the PPE Program.