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Courses in LSA Philosophy
Philosophy is the systematic study of questions any thoughtful human being faces concerning the nature of knowledge, reality, thought, and value. What is valuable and what is value? What gives thought and language meaning? What is truth, and how can we know it? The main value of philosophy lies in its contribution to a liberal arts education. It can, however, also provide excellent preparation for a wide variety of professions (notably, law), because of the training it provides in rigorous thinking and incisive and clear writing. Philosophy cuts across other academic disciplines by examining their concepts, methods, and presuppositions.
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
PPE 300. Introduction to Political Economy
Two introductory courses chosen from at least two disciplines: Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. (4; 2 in the half-term). (ID). May not be repeated for credit.

An introduction to the integrated study of the relationships of government, politics, and economic institutions, stressing the analysis of collective action problems and assessment of diverse solutions to these problems from the standpoint of the interests and progress of humanity.

PPE 400. Seminar in Political Economy
PPE 300 with at least a C-. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) Completion of distribution requirements for PPE concentration. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

Capstone seminar for non-Honors students in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics concentration.

PPE 402. Senior Honors Thesis
Honors standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 3). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Students work with an advisor to develop their ideas into a thesis of appropriate length. They defend their thesis at an oral exam, conducted by their advisor and a second reader from a different PPE-affiliated department. The level of honors (honors, high honors, highest honors) is determined on the basis of thesis and defense.

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