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The Department of Political Economy & Moral Science offers an outstanding and rigorous undergraduate major in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law. We are building a diverse interdisciplinary community of innovative philosophers, political scientists and economists to enage in rigorous and original work on both theoretical and practical problems, including the relation of moral norms and markets, the evolution of social cooperation, self-organization and social complexity, justice, democracy and diversity,  as well as social and environmental policy.  The idea of "moral science" we trace back to Hume: normative inquiry has to begin with what humans and their social ways of living are really like.

The Department of Political Economy & Moral Science is premised on the conviction that collaboration and deliberation among diverse perspectives (including disciplinary, methodological, ideological and identity) provide for greater insights into social, political and economic life and their problems than homogenous research programs. The Department cherishes the academic freedom of faculty and students to learn from each other by exploring their perspectives and their differences; to challenge each other so that we may better learn from each other

The Department of Political Economy and Moral Science has no affiliation with the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom.


Covid-19 Procedures

Until further notice, the University, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the CDC, encourages all employees to work... read more

Learning to Serve

Kelly Dorney learned an unexpected lesson while studying in Guatemala this summer. "When I'm an advocate, I need to be very careful about what I... read more

Associate Member Joins Department

The Department of Political Economy & Moral Science is pleased to announce that Tauhidur Rahman is now an associate faculty member.

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Contact Us

Department of Political Economy & Moral Science
1145 E. South Campus Dr., Room 213
P.O. Box 210027
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email: moralscience@email.arizona.edu
Tel: (520) 621-3129
Fax: (520) 626-8361


Jerry Gaus

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Michael Gill