On November 17, 2015, Peter Leeson, Professor of Economics and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at George Mason University, spoke on Entrepreneurship and the European Witch Trials as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lecture Series.
On November 14, 2015, Doug Paletta, Associate Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program spoke on Two Approaches to Rationality: Hobbes' Foole and Hume's Knave at the 2015 Northeastern Political Science Association Meeting.
On November 9, 2015, Scott Barry Kaufman,Professor of Psychology and Scientific Director at Imagination Institute and the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke on Openness to Experience and Creativity as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lecture Series.
On November 5, 2015, Ruth Dassonneville, Assistant Professor of Political Science at The University of Montreal, spoke on How do Voters Assess the Economy? An Experimental Test of Benchmarking, as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lecture Series.
On November 3, 2015, David Audretsch, Distinguished Professor and Director at the Institute for Development Strategies and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, spoke on Entrepreneurship and Openness as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lecture Series.
On October 27, 2015, Alberto Antonioni, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Institute for BioComputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) in Zaragoza, Spain, spoke on Spatial Coordination and Cooperation Among Humans: Experimental Results as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lecture Series.
On October 15, 2015, Peter Miller, John Templeton Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at The University of Pennsylvania spoke on Mobilizing the Young Vote: Direct Mail Voter Guides and Turnout in the Chicago 2015 Mayoral Election.
On October 14, 2015, Martin van Hees, Professor Ethics and Head of Department at VU University of Amsterdam, spoke on The Impossibility of Pure Libertarianism, as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lecture Series.
On September 23, 2015, Ram Mudambi, Frank M. Speakman Professor of Strategy and Perelman Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Strategic Management at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, gave a talk on Entrepreneurship and Culture: Connectivity and the innovativeness of cities, as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lecture Series.
On September 22, 2015, PPE's Undergraduate Advisory Board hosted PPE Does Pod, an event for current and prospective majors.
On September 17, 2015, Gary Bolton, O. P. Jindal Chair Professor of Managerial Economics at the University of Texas at Dallas, spoke on Inflated Reputation: Leniency and Moral Wiggle Room in Trader Feedback Systems as a part of PPE's BeLab Lecture Series.
On September 14,Roberto Fumagalli, Junior Professor of Philosophy of Economics at Bayreuth University, gave a talk on Choice Models and Realistic Ontologies: Three Challenges to Neuro-Psychological Modellers as a part of PPE's BeLab Lecture Series.
On August 11, 2015, Penn News Profiled PPE senior, Davis Berlind.
PPE is pleased to welcome our new Postdoctoral Fellow, Einav Hart, as well as visiting scholars Deshani Ganegoda and Ruth Yamilett Guillen Salas.
The work of Peter Miller (John Templeton Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow and instructor in the PPE program) was cited in the Supreme Court majority decision in the recent case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. In the decision, the Court found the use of independent, appointed commissions to draw electoral districts is consistent with the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Miller's dissertation (completed at the University of California, Irvine in 2013) examined redistricting in the United States, with a particular focus on commissions in the western United States. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for a majority of the Court, cited his paper Redistricting Commissions in the Western United States (co-authored with Bernard Grofman, professor of political science at UCI) when discussing the use of redistricting commissions in the States, finding "nonpartisan and bipartisan commissions generally draw their maps in a timely fashion and create districts both more competitive and more likely to survive legal challenge."
Professor Cristina Bicchieri, S. J. P. Harvie Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, and Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program, has been awarded the 2015 Pufendorf Medal and has been invited to hold the Pufendorf lecture series at Lund University’s Department of Philosophy, Sweden. The lectures are open to the public and are given by either a prominent philosopher or cognitive scientist, or someone who combine these disciplines. Professor Bicchieri has been invited because of her outstanding interdisciplinary research on social norms, combining subtle philosophical analysis with psychological empirical work of high quality.
Previous Pufendorf lecturers have been Margaret Boden, David Armstrong, Philip Pettit, John R. Searle, Patricia Smith Churchland, Francois Recanati, Robert Stalnaker, T.M. Scanlon, Nicholas Humphrey, Nancy Cartwright, Christine M. Korsgaard, and Herbert H Clark.
The Pufendorf lectures are named after one of the most famous philosophers and academics from Lund University, Samuel von Pufendorf (1632-1694), who is perhaps best known for his impact on economic theory, by way of Adam Smith.
On May 1, 2015, Marta Serra-Garcia, Assistant Professor of Economics at UCSD, Rady School of Management, gave a talk on Motivated Self-Deception, Identity and Unethical Behavior (joint work with Uri Gneezy, Silvia Saccardo and Roel van Veldhuizen) as a part of PPE's BeLab Lecture Series.
On April 30, 2015, Tyler Cowen, Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University and Chairman and General Director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, gave a talk on The Importance of Defining the Feasible Set as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lecture Series.
On April 23,2015, Riccardo Viale, Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Scuola Nazionale dell'Amministrazione, Rome and at Laboratory on Cognitive Sciences, Fondazione Rosselli, Turin, gave a talk on Cognition and Epistemology of Social Sciences.
On April 16, 2015, Jacob T. Levy, Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory Associate Graduate Program Director, Department of Political Science, Associate member of the Department of Philosophy, and Coordinator of the Research Group on Constitutional Studies at McGill University, gave a talk on Rationalism, Pluralism and Freedom as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lecture Series.
On April 9, 2015, Russell Hardin, Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the Social Sciences at New York University, gave a talk on Social Yes, Contract No, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On April 2, 2015, Gary Charness, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, gave a talk on Inducing Social Norms in Laboratory Allocation Choices, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On March 31, 2015, Alian Elkann, a prominent European novelist, intellectual, journalist, and interviewer, gave PPE's 2015 Goldstone Lecture on Jewish Life in Europe and the United States.
On March 27, 2015, Jason Brennan, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics,Ethics and Public Policy at Georgetown University, spoke on Markets without limits as a part of the 2015 Liberty Lectures Series.
On March 19, 2015,
Marta Maras, Assistant Professor,
Department of Management and Technology
Bocconi University, Italy, gave a talk on Holier than Thou? A Natural Field Experiment on Social Information in Charitable Giving, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On February 26, 2015, Ronald Inglehart, Lowenstein Professor of Political Science at University of Michigan, gave a talk on Cultural Change, Slow and Fast: The transition from Pro-fertility norms to Individual-choice norms, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On February 19, 2015, Rukia Dahir, Founder of Edna Adan Hospital Foundation, spoke on Female Genital Cutting/Female Genital Mutilation in Somaliland, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On February 12, 2015, Sebastiano Bavetta, Professor of Economics at Università di Palermo, Research Associate at London School of Economics, and Visiting Scholar with the PPE Program, gave a talk on Freedom and Happiness, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On February 5, 2015,Marijane Luistro Jonsson, from Stockholm School of Economics and Visiting Scholar with the PPE Program, gave a talk on Conditional cooperation in the face of disasters, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On January 29,2015, Scott Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, gave a talk on When Order Affects Performance: Institutional Sequencing, Cultural Sway, and Behavioral Path Dependence, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On January 22, 2015, Kristina Botts, PhD Student, Norwegian Choice Labs, gave a talk called You've got mail: A randomized field experiment on tax evasion, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
January, 2015, PPE Welcomes visiting scholars Marijane Jonsson, a PhD student at the Stockholm School of Economics, Jiaxi Peng a student at the Fourth Military Medical University, Eugen Dimant from Paderborn University, Germany & Harvard University, and Carlo Cordasco from University of Sheffield.
On November 20, 2014, Sheheryar Banuri, Economist with the Development Research Group (Macroeconomics and Growth Team) and Director of the Behavioral Science Lab at the World Bank, spoke on Pro-Social Motivation, Effort and the Call to Public ServiceI, as a part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On November 19, 2014, E. Glen Weyl, from Microsoft Research New England and University of Chicago, spoke on The Openness-Equality Trade-Off in Global Redistribution, as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On November 2, 2014, Matteo Colombo, Postdoctoral Fellow at Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, spoke on Explanatory Judgement, Moral Offense and Value-Free Science, based on an emprical study done with Leandra Bucher and Yoel Inbar, as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On October 23, 2014, Ernesto Reuben, Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia Business School, spoke on Fairness and Coordination: THe Role of Fairness Principles in Coordination Failure and Success, as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On October 17,2014, Ericka Scherenberg Farret, PhD. in Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas, spoke on Parenting, Teaching or Peer Pressure: A Real-Effort Field Experiment on Children’s Pro-Social Behavior, as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On September 18, 2014, Catherine Eckel, Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University, spoke on Solidarity Among the Poor: Risk Sharing in Three Texas Communities, as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
PPE welcomes Postdocoral Fellow Alexander Funcke.
On May 8, 2014, Reuben Kline, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University, spoke on
The Climate Change Game: Wealth Inequality and Asymmetric Responsibility in Climate Change Mitigation, as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On May 1, 2014, Andrew Samuel, Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University, spoke on
Optimal Fines under Announced and Surprise Inspections, as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On April 17, 2014,
Stanley Fish, Floerscheimer Distinguished Professor of Law at Yeshiva University and
The Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law at Florida International University, spoke on Academic Freedom and the Boycott of Israeli Universities at PPE's 14th Annual Goldstone Forum.
On March 2, 2014, John Tomasi, Professor of Political Science, Political Theory Project at Brown University, gave a talk on Free Market Fairness as a part of PPE's Freedom Lecture Series, funded by the Charles Koch Foundation.
On February 14, 2014, Jerry Gaus, James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, gave a talk on The Egalitarian Species as a part of PPE's Freedom Lecture Series, funded by the Charles Koch Foundation.
On January, 24, 2014,Gari Walkowitz, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Management,Corporate Development and Business Ethics at the University of Cologne and visiting scholar with the PPE Program, gave a talk on Drawing the Fig Leaf: Moral Hypocrisy in Simple Distribution Tasks, as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
In 2013, Sebastiano Bavetta and Pietro Navarra published Il vantaggio delle libertà, Rubbettino. The book describes and measures empirically the idea of freedom as autonomy. It shows the profound consequences that such a freedom would have on the economic, political and ethical life of the country, if embraced. In so doing, the book outlines an innovative path to reform Italy in a libertarian sense – a path where freedom is at the same time a tool and an end of policies and politics.
Ultimately, the book highlights the substantial advantages that descend from the enjoyment of freedoms and argues that autonomous behavior and the affirmation of a truly open society are the best opportunity Italians have to emerge from the difficulties that they are suffering. (Buy here or here).
On December 6, 2013, Mary Catherine Maternowska, Child Progection Specialist at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, gave a talk on A Multi-Country Study of the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On November 19, 2013, David Ong, Assistant Professor of Economics at Peking University - HSBC Business School, gave a talk on Deserving Altruism: An Experiment in Pure Indirect Reciprocity as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On November 14, 2013, PPE co-sponsored The Collegium Institute Student Association at Penn's talk, Catholic Economics? Capitalism, Solidarity, and Modern Catholic Social Thought.
On Novebemr 5, 2013, Gloria Origgi, Institut Nicod, Paris and Italian Academy of Advanced Studies at Columbia, spoke on Towards and Epistemology of Trust as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On Octeober 25, 2013, Damon Centola, Associate Professor at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Social Innovations Lab, spoke on Social Science Online: Experimental Designs for Studying Norm Change as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On October 4, 2013, Alexander Funcke, PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution and Research Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, gave a Work-In-Progress Lunch Seminar on Conventional Corruption as a part of the PPE Freedom Lecture Series.
On Octover 2, 2013, Sunita Sah, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics & Public Policy at Georgetown University and Research Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, spoke on The Over-Prescription of Disclosure in Managing Conflicts of Interest as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On September 17, 2013, Ariel Rubinstein, Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University and NYU, gave a talk on Modeling and Experimenting Bounded Rationality as a part of the PPE Freedom Lecture Series.
On September 26, 2013, Nan Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate inDepartment of Political Science at Stanford University, gave a talk on Marginality, Social Stigma, and Changing the Culture of Corruption as part of the PPE BeLab Lecture Series.
On June 28, 2013, Rosemarie Nagel, UPF-ICREA-BGSE, visiting NYU, gave a talk on Keynesian Beauty Contest Games: Level k vs. Signals for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab's lunch seminar series.
On June 21, 2013, Nicolas Buamard, Post Doctoral Fellow, in the PPE Program at the University of Pennsylvania, gave a talk on Explaining the Axial Age:How Increased Energy Capture Favored Ascetic Wisdoms and Moralizing Religions for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab's lunch seminar series.
On April 30, 2013, Jason Dana, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, gave a talk on The Price Is Sexist: Taste Based Discrimination by Contestants on The Price Is Right for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab's lunch seminar series.
On April 19, 2013, Sigrid Suetens, from Tilburg University, gave a talk on Heterogeneous stake-sensitive guilt aversion for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab's lunch seminar series.
On April 18, 2013, Pascal Boyer, Henry Luce Professor of Individual and Collective Memory at Washington University in St. Louis, gave a talk on The naturalness of social institutions: Evolutionary foundations of some social norms.
On March 28, 2013, Soo Hong Chew, Professor of Economics at National University of Singapore, spoke on Ambiguity, Familiarity, and the Equity Home Bias Puzzle:Theory and Evidence from Experiments involving Neuroimaging and Molecular Genetics.
Molly Melching, the founder and executive director of Tostan, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) whose mission it is to empower African communities for sustainable development and social transformation in the respect of human rights, spoke on Changing Harmful Social Norms in Traditional Societies at the 13th Annual Goldstone Forum on March 26, 2013.
PPE welcomes visiting scholar, Karla Hoff, for the Spring 2013 Semester.
Cristina Bicchieri will give the Inaugural Address of the Ferrando Family Lecture Series in Philosophy at the University of Michigan in January.
Cristina Bicchieri will give the Silver Jubilee Lectures at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research ((IGIDR) in Mumbai, India, in January.
PPE welcomes visiting scholar, Francesca Lipari for the Spring and Fall 2013 terms.
PPE welcomes visiting scholar Karla Hoff, Senior Research Economist in the Development Economics Group at the World Bank, as a visiting scholar for the Spring 2013 term.
On November 23, 2012, Sebastiano Bavetta and Pietro Navarra presented their new book The Economics of Freedom at Universita DeGli Studi Di Palermo.
On November 19, 2012, David G. Rand, Professor of Psychology at Yale and Research Scientist with the Human Evolutionary Biology Department at Harvard University, spoke on Spontaneous giving and calculated greed: Intuitive cooperation in social dilemmas.
On November 12, 2012, Fiery Cushman, Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, spoke on Action, outcome and value: From computational neuroscience to political dispute.
On November 8, 2012 Erik Angner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Economics, and Public Policy and Fellow at theInstitute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University, spoke on Subjective Well-Being: When, and Why, It Matters.
On October 25, 2012 there was a Book Launch for The Economics of Freedom:Theory, Measurement, and Policy Implications by Sebastiano Bavetta and Pietro Navarra.Sebastiano Bavetta and Pietro Navarra's
On October 18, 2012, Cristina Bicchieri will speak on Social Norms and Social Change at the UNSPOKEN Conference: Create Space for Gender-Peace which is at the 2nd Annual Human Rights Festival.
PPE co-sponsored the keynote speaker, Ian Shapiro, for The Ivy League International student Networking Conference (ILINC) on October 12-13, 2012, which was developed and hosted by The Assembly of International Students (AIS).
PPE welcomes visiting student scholars Benedetta Neige Ferraccioli and Marta Vigneri for the Fall 2012 Term.
PPE welcomes visiting scholars Pietro Navarra, Professor of Public Sector Economics at the Università degli Studi di Messina, in Italy and Sebastiano Bavetta, Professor of Economics at Università degli Studi di Palermo, in Italy for the Fall 2012 Term.
PPE welcomes visiting scholar Jan Willem Lindemans for the 2012 Academic Year.
PPE welcomes Postdocoral Fellow Ting Jiang.
From July 2, - July 13, 2012 PPE hosted the third annual Penn-UNICEF summer program on Advances in Social Norms and Social Change.
Congratulations to Limor Bordoley, the first ever PPE recipient of the Rose Undergraduate Research Award. The Rose Award is the most prestigious research award granted by the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research project was called Rethinking the Six Day War: An Analysis of Counter Factual Explanations and was supervised by Professor Ian Lustick of Political Science.
Congratulations are also due to Caroline Cohn and David Shuldiner for being recognized for their research activities by The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).
Douglas Miller a 2011 Penn Undergraduate Climate Action Grant in the amount of $5,000 for his “Sustainable Behavior Inducement” project.
On Thursday, April 19th, 2012, Jerry Gaus, James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, spoke On the Appropriate Mode of Justifying a Public Moral Constitution.
On Thursday, April 12th, 2012, Steven Goldstone, Class of '67 and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of ConAgra Foods, Inc., had a conversation with PPE majors.
On April 5th, 2012, Peter Vanderschraaf, Professor at the University of California Merced and Institute for Advanced Study, spoke on Artificial Natural Laws.
In March 2012, Cristina Bicchieri, spoke on Social Norm Entrepreneurship: Collective Action for Common Good? at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.
On March 15, 2012, Chiara Lisciandra, from the Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science at Tilburg University, spoke on Conformorality: A Study on Normative Judgment and Conformity.
On February 28, 2012, Cristina Bicchieri was featured in the University of Pennslyvania Almanac for her appointment as the Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative ethics in the School of Arts and Scineces.
On February 2, 2012 the PPE Undergraduate Advisory Board held it's annual PPE Alumni/Careers Panel.
PPE welcomes visiting scholar Karla Hoff, Senior Research Economist at the World Bank, for the Spring 2012 Term.
On December 20, 2011 Cristina Bicchieri was quoted in the article, Don't Meniton It: How 'Undiscussables' Can Undermine an Organization, published in Knowledge@Wharton.
On December 1, 2011 Alvin Goldman, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, spoke on Don’t' Be a Know-It-All: Why Social Epistemology Can -- and Sometimes Should -- Promote Ignorance.
On November 10, 2011 Elliot Turiel, Professor of Cognition and Development atUniversity of California Berkley Graduate School of Education, spoke on Moral and Social Reasoning: The Role of Inequalities, Injustices, and Social Opposition.
On November 3, 2011 Gilbert Harman, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, spoke on Moral Reasoning.
On November 2, 2011 James Kitts, Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia University, spoke on Group Processes, Social Norms, and Local Network Dynamics.
On October 27, 2011 Hugo Mercier, a Post Doctoral Fellow with the PPE Program, spoke on Why Do HumansReason?.
Pietro Navarra and Sebastiano Bavetta, from The London School of Economics, gave a lecture on 'Freedom of Choice: Theory, Measure and Policy Implications, on September 28th, 2011.
On September 8, 2011, Dan M. Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, spoke about The Tragedy of the Risk-Perception Commons: Culture Conflict, Rationality Conflict, and Climate Change.
PPE welcomes visiting scholars Pietro Navarra, Professor of Public Sector Economics at the Università degli Studi di Messina, in Italy and Sebastiano Bavetta, Professor of Economics at Università degli Studi di Palermo, in Italy for the Fall 2011 Term.
On July 28, 2011 Paolo Mefalopulos, Chief of Programme Communication at UNICEF in India and one of the participants in the 2011 Penn-UNICEF Summer Program on Advances in Social Norms and Social Change, published a blog entry, The Role of Social Norms in Achieving Behavior Change, about concepts he learned from the program.
The recently concluded, second Penn-UNICEF Summer Program on Advances in Social Norms and Social Change, directed and created by Cristina Bicchieri, S. J. P. Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethis at The University of Pennsylvania and Gerrie Mackie, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, San Diego, has been highlighted in UNICEF's Internal Communication Network.
On June 17, 2011 Cristina Bicchieri, PPE Program Director and Professor of Philosophy and Legal Studies, was named the Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics.
Hugo Mercier published a reply in the June 15, 2011 New York Times, Researcher Responds to Arguments Over His Theory of Arguing, to the June 14, 2011 New York Times article, Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth, clarifying a common misconception drawn from the article.
On April 5, 2011 Nassim N. Taleb, a successful hedge fund manager, professor of financial mathematics, bestselling NYT author of the "Black Swan" and philosopher, spoke at the 11th Annual Goldstone Forum on Antifragility: How To Live In a World We Don't Understand, and Enjoy it.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) awarded PPE Major Douglas Miller a 2011 Penn Undergraduate Climate Action Grant in the amount of $5,000 for his “Sustainable Behavior Inducement” project.
PPE would like to congratulate Ben Moskowitz on being PPE's first ever Dean's Scholar. He is a simultaneously pursuing a PPE major and a Masters in Government at Fels. This is one of the highest academic honors available to students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Brian Skyrms, Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science and Economics at Universityof California Irvine, spoke on Signals, the Flow of Information, Collective Action on February 17, 2011.
The PPE Undergraduate Advisory Board held the annual PPE Alumni Panel on February 10, 2011.
The Winter 2010 Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine published an article, Changing Norms to Change Lives, discussing the ongoing work of Cristina Bicchieri,Carol and Michael Lowenstein Professor of Philosophy and Legal Studies and director of the PPE program, as a human rights and social norms consultant for United Nations Children's Fund.
Iain McLean, Official Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College and Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford, spoke on The Scottish origins of nonestablishment and free exercise of religion in the US Constitution on December 6, 2010.
Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber's paper, Why Do Humans Reason? was featured in Oliver Burkeman's column This column will change your life: The power of persuasion in the November 26th, 2010 issue of The Guardian.
PPE has created videos of some of the recent alumni talking about how PPE has helped their career choices. The videos may be viewed here.
PPE welcomes visiting scholars Pietro Navarra, Professor of Public Sector Economics at the Università degli Studi di Messina, in Italy and Sebastiano Bavetta, Professor of Economics at Università degli Studi di Palermo, in Italy for the Fall 2010 Term.
Summer, 2009: John Gasper, a PPE Post Doc, was hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar.
PPE hosted the Penn-UNICEF summer program on Advances in Social Norms and Social Change from July 5 - July 16, 2010.
Francesco Guala, Professor of Economics at the University of Milan, spoke on Scanning the Humean Brain: The Neuroscience of Social Norms and Conventions on April 22, 2010.
Joseph Heath, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, spoke on The Status of Conventional Morality on April 15, 2010.
Josh Knobe, Professor of Cognitive Science and Philosophy at Yale University, spoke on Person as Scientist, Person as Moralist, on April 12, 2010.
John Ahlquist, Professor of Political Science at Florida State University, spoke on Provoking Preferences: Leaders, Followers, and Organizational Culture, on April 8, 2010.
The PPE Undergraduate Advisory Board held the annual PPE Alumni Panel on Arpil 6, 2010.
Joseph Mazor, Post-Doctoral Research Associate at The Center for Human Values at Princeton University, spoke on
How to Divide Heterogeneous, Imperfectly Divisible Resources Equally: The Case for an Equal-Division-of-Proceeds Auction, on March 25, 2010.
Malcolm Gladwell, a prominent journalist, public intellectual, and author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Outliers: The Story of Success and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, spoke on culture and legislation at the 10th Annual Goldstone Forum on January 28, 2010.
Carlo Martini, Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) at Tilburg University and Visiting Scholar with the PPE Program, spoke on The Role of Experts in the Epistemology of Economics on December 10, 2009.
The PPE Undergraduate Advisory Board held Student Office Hours on November 20, 2009.
The PPE Undergraduate Advisory Board held a PPE Information Session for prospective majors on November 2, 2009.
Gerry Mackie, Professor of Political Science at University of California, San Diego, spoke on Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Three Concepts of Liberty on October 29, 2009.
Hélène Landemore, Professor of Political Science at Yale University, spoke on Democracy and the argument from collective intelligence: the necessity of a dialogue between democratic theory and cognitive sciences on October 28, 2009. Read her Majority Rule paper here and her Democratic Reason paper here.
Stephen Stich, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, spoke on The Evolution of Morality? on September 24, 2009.
The Goldstone Forum speaker for 2009-10 will be Malcolm Gladwell. Mr. Gladwell is a prominent journalist, and public intellectual. He is also the author of the influential and best-selling books: The Tipping Point (2000), Blink (2005), and Outliers (2008)
Summer, 2009: Erte Xiao, a PPE Post Doc, was hired as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.
On May 17, 2009, PPE held a reception for its graduating seniors.
In April, the Spring 2009 issue of SPICE, PPE's undergraduate student journal, was published.
PPE and History of Art Major Nathaniel Foulds, Class of 2010, was awarded a College Summer Humanities Internship at the Arthur Ross Gallery.
PPE Major Lauren Springer, Class of 2011, was awarded a College Summer Humanities Internship at the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Stephan Hartmann, Chair in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University and Director of the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, spoke on Disagreement and Consensus in Science on April 29, 2009.
Ryan Muldoon, who has advised students for PPE, has been awarded a School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student.
Shaun Nichols, Professor of Philosophy at The University of Arizona, spoke on Normative Ethics and the Psychology of Moral Luck on April 2, 2009.
Dan Sperber, Research Director at the Jean Nicod Institute, CNRS, spoke on Epistemic Vigilance on Arpil 1, 2009.
Jason Dana, Assistant Professor of Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania, spoke on Reluctant Altruism on March 26th, 2009.
The PPE Undergraduate Advisory Board held their Peer Mentorship Program kickoff event on March 19, 2009.
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at The University Center for Human Values, Princeton, spoke on The Life of Honor on March 19, 2009.
Joe Kable, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke on Psychological and neural mechanisms for choosing between immediate and delayed rewards, on February 5, 2009.
Hugo Mercier, Post Doctoral Scholar with the PPE Program at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke on The Argumentative Mind on January 29, 2009.
The PPE Undergraduate Advisory Board held an Alumni Panel with a Q & A session for current PPE Majors featuring Rafael Burde of Primary Insight, affiliate of JP Morgan, Stuart Berger of Schactner & Portnoy (Law), Ari Friedman of Onex (Private Equity), Bain & Co, and Amna Nawaz of NBC Nightly News on January 27, 2009.
Cristina Bicchieri, Carol and Michael Lowenstein Professor of Philosophy and Legal Studies and director of the PPE program,
Cristina Bicchieri, Carol and Michael Lowenstein Professor of Philosophy and Legal Studies and director of the PPE program, has been knighted by the Italian government Cavaliere al Merito della Reppublica Italiana. This is one of the highest honors conferred by the Italian government for contributions in the field of arts and sciences.
Robert Wonderling, Pennsylvania Senator and Chairman of The Communications and Technology Committee, spoke on The Youth Vote in the Presidential Election & Efforts to Continue to Engage Young People in Public Service and the Political Process on November 13, 2008.
Geoffrey Goodwin, Assistant Professor of Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania, spoke on The objectivity of moral beliefs: Psychological findings and implications on November 6, 2008.
Chetan Dave, Assistant Professor for The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas, spoke on Sen's Paradox with Intentions-Based Preferences and Loss Aversion: Theory and Experimental Application on September 25, 2008.
Steve Levitt, Alvin Baum Professor of Economics and Director of the Becker Center on Price Theory at the University of Chicago and author of Freakonomics, spoke at the 2007-8 Goldstone Forum on April 21.
David Dillenberger, Princeton University, spoke on Preferences for One-Shot Resolution of Uncertainty and Allais-Type Behavior on February 15, 2008.
Giacomo Sillari, Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke on Coordination, Cognition, and Common Knowledge: How Social Conventions Work on February 1, 2008.
Lara Buchak, Philosophy Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, spoke on Risk Without Regret on January 25, 2008.
Mark Pauly, Bendheim Professor and Professor of Health Care Systems, Business and Public Policy, Insurance and Risk Management, and Economics at The Wharton School, spoke on Health Care Economics in the USA on January 22, 2008.
Till Grüne-Yanoff, researcher at the Department of Philosophy and the History of Technology of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, as well as a visiting fellow at the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method of the London School of Economics, spoke on How Economists Reacquired Game Theory After Iits Biological Metamorphosis on January 18, 2008.
Colin Allen, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science and Professor of Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, spoke on How to Reason Without Words: Inference as Categorization on January 17, 2008.
Justin Wolfers, Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, spoke on Discrimination in the NBA on October 25, 2007.
Steven F. Goldstone, C ’67, has given $1.5 million to the School of Arts and Sciences to strengthen the undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) program. Mr. Goldstone, who majored in political science at Penn, has been a key supporter of PPE since 2001, when he gave $2 million to the program. This recent gift will be used to expand PPE-sponsored activities and undergraduate research opportunities, and to support post-doctoral appointments and visiting professors.
PHILADELPHIA - Stephen Danley a University of Pennsylvania graduate from Germantown, Md., has won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Danley is the eighth Marshall Scholar from Penn and the University's sixth in the last seven years. Marshall Scholarships provide opportunities for young Americans of outstanding ability to study at educational institutions in the United Kingdom.
Danley, who earned a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the College of the School of Arts and Sciences in 2007, plans to pursue an M. Phil. in comparative social policy at Oxford University in England.
"Stephen is a true Renaissance man," Penn Provost Ronald J. Daniels said. "He is a basketball star, a team leader, a poet, a New York Times blogger and a passionate student of social policy. We are extremely proud that he will represent Penn abroad as a Marshall Scholar."
PPE sponsored Penn undergraduate student MicroFinance conference.
Dennis Thompson,Professor of Political Philosophy and Director, Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, spoke at the 2006-7 Goldstone Forum on March 27.
PPE welcomes new faculty Jason Dana , Giacomo Sillari and Erte Xiao.
Erte Xiao wins Russel Sage Foundation Grant in Behavioral Economics. The grant is for research on a project titled: “Punish in Private and Praise in Public."
On March 24, 2007, PPE was proud to co-sponsor " Justice and the Social Contract": a symposium on Samuel Freeman's "Justice and the Social Contract." This was a conference in honor and celebration of the publication of Samuel
Freeman’s book, “Justice and the Social Contract: Essays on Rawlsian Political
Philosophy” (Oxford University Press 2006). Samuel Freeman is a Professor of Philosophy affiliated with the PPE progranm, and the former director of PPE.
Talk by Carol Gould, Director of the Center for Global Ethics and Politics at Temple University, spoke on March 15, 2007 on Transnational Power, Coercion and Democracy.
Till Grüne-Yanoff, Post Doc Researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, spoke on "Learning from Economic Models" January 29, 2007, 4-5 PM, 104 Logan Hall.
Bill Titelman, Partner at Bernstein, Liebhard & Lifshitz, spoke on "Corporate Culture and the Threat to the American Way of Life: The View of a Radicalized Victim" on November 20, 2006.
Sebastiano Maffetone, Professor of Political Philosophy, LUISS-Guido Carli University and Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Italy; Director, CERSDU (Center for Research and Studies on Human Rights)
spoke on Universal Duty and Global Justice on October 20, 2006.
New PPE student journal launched.
PPE is pleased to have distinguished philospopher Brian Skyrms vist the program and teach a course during the spring semester.
PPE has greatly revamped its undergraduate major in the 2005-6 academic year. Now PPE students have an enormous degree of choice in "individualizing" their major within themes, and can take classes in SAS, Wharton and the Law School.
PPE 2004-5 Goldstone Forum Speaker Thomas Schelling awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science.
PPE Student Taylor Buley publishes book: "The Fresh Politics Reader: Making Current Events And Public Affairs Relevant to Young Americans"