PPE 400 - Seminar in Political Economy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
PPE 300 with at least a C-.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of distribution requirements for PPE concentration.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is the capstone seminar for non-Honors seniors in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics concentration.

We will cover three broad themes within PPE. First we will examine issues arising in the context of public choice and the design of democratic institutions. We will ask questions like: does politics make people irrational? If so, what can be done to improve the rationality of the political process? Could “lottocracy” or “epistocracy” be better alternatives than democracy?

Second, we will examine recent takes on the fundamental debates of political economy contrasting socialist and capitalist frameworks. What is the most just method of organizing economic institutions? Are market-oriented societies intrinsically just or merely the lesser evil? Can there be a viable socialist alternative? What explains why some countries are richer than others?

Lastly, we will examine the recent philosophical debate on immigration, incorporating perspectives from political science and economics. Are immigration restrictions justified or should there be open borders? If some restrictions are justified, what justifies them? And how should nation-states choose which foreigners to admit?

PPE 400 - Seminar in Political Economy
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780674979857
Capital in the twenty-first century, Author: Piketty, Thomas, 1971-
ISBN: 9780698409910
Upside of Inequality., Author: Conard, Edward., Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group 2016
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