$3.4 Million Gift to UNC’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program


The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has received a $3.4 million gift to support the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program it runs jointly with Duke University.

The donation is from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The PPE program, directed by UNC philosophy professor Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, offers a minor for undergraduates at the school. Approximately 350 students are currently enrolled in the program.

According to a UNC press release, “about $1.8 million of the gift will fund two new tenure-track faculty positions for six years. The remaining $1.6 million is continued support for existing programs in PPE that the Koch Foundation has funded with previous gifts, including visiting assistant professorships, a staff position and support for the PPE Society, an international scholarly society that was founded at Carolina… The new gift commitment from the Koch Foundation brings its total support for the PPE Program to $4.37 million since 2010.”

More information here.


Related: “Private Money in Political Philosophy“; “Untangling the Strings: The Limits of Acceptable Donor Influence in Academia“; “Big Philo and Distortions in the Philosophical Research Agenda


Disclosure: I’ll be giving a talk, “Refuse, Hide, Filter, and Fight: Private Donations and the Valuing of Knowledge,” as part of the panel, “Political Money on Campus,” at the upcoming Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society meeting.

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