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Durham University

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics

PPE at Durham

Our BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) is a prestigious joint honours degree offering you the opportunity to explore three subjects and their connections, influences and impact. You’ll gain an understanding of how and why they’ve been so inextricably linked historically, and the ways in which they’ve developed and diverged over the course of the last two centuries, both in content and in method. Read more...

“If I was to pick out one feature of PPE at Durham that characterised my studies there, leaving aside the potentially obvious ones such as the high calibre of teaching staff and fellow students, it would have to be the breadth of choice that the course provided. In my second and third year I was given full freedom to tailor the course to fit my own interests, and it made for a great university experience.”

Ben Bowry, PPE graduate

“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else.” J.M. Keynes

The degree of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) is a joint honours degree providing an exciting possibility of exploring the three subjects in all their connections and depth. Historically, the three subjects are inextricably related, with Economics, for instance, being an offspring of Moral Philosophy, and Politics having been informed in theory and in practice by Political Philosophy. The three subjects have, however, progressively diverged over the course of the last two centuries, both in content and in method.

The degree of PPE allows students to pursue these different lines of inquiry whilst retaining in their own minds the connections that link them. Much as J.M. Keynes did not study PPE, his famous statement above could be rightly considered as the motto of a PPE degree, where the never-ending question remains as to when these distinguished thinkers of the past have been "right" or "wrong", and indeed, what their being "right" or "wrong" might mean.

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