Undergraduate Student Philosophy, Politics and Economics Reading Group

What is the PPE reading group?

Directed by Ross Emmett, Professor of Economic Thought in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, the PPE reading group provides undergraduate students the opportunity to meet via Zoom on a weekly basis through most of the spring 2021 semester to read and discuss a set of books on the general topic of freedom and responsibility in philosophy, politics and economics.

The reading group will meet every Tuesday from 6:00–7:30 p.m. AZ MST, January 19 to April 13, 2021. Professor Emmett will open the Zoom session by 5:45 p.m. so that we can all be gathered for a 6 p.m. start.

The application process is competitive and selects only the most promising candidates. Participants are selected based on their application materials. If you are not available at the time of our regular meetings (for classes, jobs, student life activities, or other reasons), please do not apply.

The books we will read include:

T. Sowell, "Conflict of Visions"
J. Haidt, "The Righteous Mind"
B. Stevenson, "Just Mercy"
J. Otteson, "The End of Socialism"
B. Caplan, "The Case for Open Borders"
M. Ridley, "How Innovation Works and Why It Flourishes in Freedom"

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Who should apply?

  • Mature scholars who embrace the opportunity to read, think and discuss.
  • Have time to devote to a challenging set of readings.
  • Committed to contributing to each discussion, and also to encouraging others to contribute as well.
  • Can criticize ideas while respecting the individuals who advance them.
  • Available all of the Tuesday evenings we are scheduled to meet.

The reading group is open to all current ASU undergraduate students to apply.

Copies of all books* will be sent to all students before January.

The reading group will meet via Zoom every Tuesday from 6–7:30 p.m. from January 19 until April 13, 2021.

*Books graciously provided by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University.