Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Honor Society

Philosophy Honor Society


The aims of Phi Sigma Tau are expressed in the Greek motto Philounton Sophian Timay, which means “the honor of those who love wisdom.” The society exists to serve as a means of awarding distinction to students who have high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy, to promote student interest in research and advanced study in the field, to provide opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit, to encourage a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in the field, and to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public.

Students interested in joining Phi Sigma Tau must have completed three semesters of collegiate work generally and have completed two semester-length courses in the philosophy department with a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average in those courses. Interested students should contact the society's faculty adviser Dr. Michael Buckley.

Weinstock Prize

Every spring, the Philosophy Department holds a college-wide essay contest. The Annual Professor Jerome Weinstock Essay Prize honors the best course paper in Philosophy. Any student who has taken a PHI course is eligible to compete. The paper can be on any theme in philosophy that was submitted as a course assignment. The entries are blind-reviewed by a committee of philosophy professors. The winner is presented a certificate and monetary prize at the Annual Initiation Ceremony of Phi Sigma Tau, the International Honors Society in Philosophy.

Last modified: Mar 14, 2013

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