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Phi Sigma Tau

What is Phi Sigma Tau?

Phi Sigma Tau is the International Honor Society in Philosophy. Founded in 1930 and incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 1955, the Society now has a network of over 140 chapters throughout the United Sates and Canada, at both public and private institutions of higher learning. Phi Sigma Tau publishes a journal, Dialogue, for student contributions in all areas of contemporary philosophical research. Other PST publications include the PST Newsletter (published three times yearly), National Alumni Chapter Bulletin, and Careers in Philosophy, a booklet published in 1985 which provides information on current careers and interests of over 400 past philosophy students. The PST Newsletter is sent to all students and alumni members, and contains news of local chapter activities.
The purpose of establishing a PST chapter on a local campus is not to replace any existing philosophy club, though activities of campus clubs and discussions groups are often sponsored or co-sponsored by chapters.  Though divergent in their activities all local PST chapters share the same goal - to make philosophy a living experience, and to bring together students with a common interest and competence in philosophical studies.

The Department of Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University established installed the Pennsylvania Epsilon chapter of Phi Sigma Tau in 2006.

Membership Eligibility

To be eligible for membership, students must:

  1. Have completed three semesters of college level coursework.
  2. Be enrolled in or have completed 2 philosophy courses.
  3. Rank in the upper 35% of their class.
  4. Pay a one time $25.00 initiation fee by check made out to Phi Sigma Tau.

You need not be a philosophy major or minor to join Phi Sigma Tau.

To apply for membership in Phi Sigma Tau, download the Application Form (.pdf) and follow the instructions.