Invitation to Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society

February 11, 2019

Dear Students,

As the advisor of the Phi Sigma Tau International Honors Society at Providence College, I would like to invite you to apply for membership in this prestigious and internationally recognized Honor Society in Philosophy.

Click here for the invitation letter with all the information and instructions for applying (deadline is on March 6th).

Further below is some information regarding the Society.

Feel free to email me with any questions.

All best wishes,

Antonella Mallozzi
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Providence College
Siena Hall 139
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918 USA


About Phi Sigma Tau

The Phi Sigma Tau Honors Society was founded at Muhlenberg College in 1930 as Alpha Kappa Alpha, with chapters at colleges in Maryland and Pennsylvania. It remained in this regional status until October of 1955, when it was incorporated as Phi Sigma Tau, a National Honor Society in Philosophy.

Its essential purpose was and is to promote ties among philosophy departments in accredited institutions and students in philosophy nationally. Both on the local and national levels, Phi Sigma Tau considers its organization as instrumental: a means for developing and honoring academic excellence as well as philosophical interest. In addition to providing a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and interest in philosophy, the Society also promotes interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public. Under Internal Revenue Service regulations, Phi Sigma Tau is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

The objects of the Society are: (1) to serve as a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy; (2) to promote student interest in research and advanced study in this field; (3) to provide opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit; (4) to encourage a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in this field; (5) and to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public.

These aims are expressed in the Greek motto, Philoúnton Sophían Timé, which means ‘‘the honor of those who love wisdom.’’ This expresses well the character of Phi Sigma Tau. It honors academic excellence and philosophical concern. It reminds us that the quest for truth is not the province of a single culture or time or person, but that there is a unity among all those who seek knowledge. The Key of Phi Sigma Tau represents this by a pentagon, each of the five angles containing a symbol which represents one of the five great streams of world thought: Chinese, Indian, Islamic, Hebrew, and Greek.

In keeping with these purposes, the National Office awards certificates of membership to students who have met the Society’s high requirements of scholarship; it publishes a journal, Dialogue, for student papers of high merit; it encourages through Dialogue and the PST Newsletter a spirit of interest and friendship among students in philosophy at chapters throughout the United States; and it disseminates information concerning significant programs developed at these institutions.