History of PPE

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode FI174PPEH
Vaknaam History of PPE
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam History of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course the student have:
  • advanced knowledge and understanding of some key moments in the history of PPE

Upon completion of the course the student are able to:
  • explain and critically reflect on some key moments in the history of PPE
  • explain and critically reflect on the views of major philosophers including Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Smith and Marx, as well as more modern authors such as Keynes and Hayek.
  • critically compare the contributions of these traditions and authors on debates concerning issues such as capital, class, consumption, democracy, equality, government, information, growth, justice, labour, market, money, paternalism, political authority, private property, society, taxation, trade, value, voting, wages, wealth
  • report on research in an academically sound way both orally and in written form.
Omschrijving While the name of ‘PPE’ dates back to the early 20th century, the combined study of philosophical, political and economic questions is at least as old as Plato and Aristotle, and today’s PPE research frequently refers to these historical predecessors. Without aiming at providing an exhaustive historical survey, this course focuses on some key texts from the long history of PPE in Europe. We will look at some highly influential thinkers who have shaped current ideas and debates. Themes include Aristotle’s ideas on political naturalism, Machiavelli on forms of government and ‘Realpolitik’, Hobbes’ political philosophy and Hume’s critique, Adam Smith’s groundbreaking work on economics, Marx and Marxism, Ricardo’s and Mill’s ideas on capital and labor, and Keynes and Von Hayek on macro-economics and “social engineering”. In this way we hope to deepen our understanding of some key debates in the 19th and 20th centuries about politics and governance, economic growth, structural and social change, capital and labour, uncertainty and private property, the state and democracy.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
(Lecture and discussion (combined))
(Participation and two written essays (middle and end of quarter))
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. L.W. Nauta
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. L.M. Herzog ,prof. dr. L.W. Nauta
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Texts will be made accessible via Brightspace
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Msc Philosophy, Politics and Economics 1 semester I a verplicht