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The Department of Philosophy

Phi Sigma Tau


Φιλούντων σοφίαν τιμή

(Philoúnton sophían timé)

"The honor of those who love wisdom."

General Information

PHI SIGMA TAU is the International Honor Society in philosophy. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's chapter, the Pi chapter of Illinois, was founded in 2006.

The mission statement of PHI SIGMA TAU is:

  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. To popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public.

The Insignia

The emblem of Phi Sigma Tau is in the shape of a pentagon. Each of the five angles contains a symbol representing one of the five streams of world thought: Chinese, Indian, Islamic, Hebrew, and Greek. The seal of Phi Sigma Tau is the reverse side of the Athenian Silver Tetradrachma (B.C. 480-400), bearing the owl, olive spray, and small crescent. The colors of Phi Sigma Tau are white and purple.

Criteria for Membership

In order to become a member of PHI SIGMA TAU, students must:

1. have completed at least three university level courses in philosophy

2. have maintained at least a 3.25 grade point average in philosophy courses

3. have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

All PHI SIGMA TAU members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Pi Chapter will receive a subscription to Dialogue, the biannual undergraduate philosophy journal (issues are published in April and October). Members will also receive the PHI SIGMA TAU Newsletter sent by the International Office of PHI SIGMA TAU.

PHI SIGMA TAU members also play an active role in organizing and participating in the annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE.

SIUE members are especially encouraged to submit their work to Dialogue, which publishes articles of philosophical interest, as well as book reviews written by undergraduate students in philosophy. For more information, please contact advisor Dr. Saba Fatima.

How to apply

Please download, print, and fill out the following form [ here] and deliver the application and check (see Dues) to Dr. Saba Fatima in Peck Hall, Room 2218.


Inductees must pay a one-time $25.00 fee. Please make the check out to "Phi Sigma Tau."


PHI SIGMA TAU accepts new applications twice per year, or once per semester: November 15th is the deadline for the Fall semester and April 15th is the deadline for the Spring semester. You need to turn your completed application and your dues by these respective dates. Prospective members are welcome to attend meetings and events prior to their induction.

Current Officers

President: Robert Budron
Vice President: Weston Blake
Secretary: Emily Baietto


Robert Yost's paper, "Academics? Athletics? Or Both?" was named the winner of the College of Arts and Sciences' Annual Spring Colloquium's outstanding student paper award (2008).

Mindy Young is participating in the Undergraduate Research Academy (2008-2009) for her research project, "Transaesthetics: The Philosophy of Hamid Dabashi."

Mindy Young's book review of The Meaning of Life: A Reader, edited by Steven Cahn and E.D. Klemke, was published in Dialogue.

Alumni News

Mike Augustine - Mike is at the University of Colorado in Denver getting his M.A. in English.

Julia Batty - Julia is a graduate student in philosophy at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Joel Beckwith

Meredith Burkart - Meredith is a graduate student in Security Studies at Georgetown University, which will include a study abroad experience in the Middle East (Turkey).

Laura Johnson

Aric Kreeger

Sarah Morrison - is a graduate student in Sociology at SIUE.

Jesika Nelson

Kristopher Riskovsky

Christopher Smith

Mary Stephen

Kyla Sweeney - Kyla is currently a graduate student in philosophy at Wyoming University.

Mike Toje -

Robert Yost

Mindy Young Lawson - Mindy Lawson was accepted into the Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon in Philosophy and awarded a graduate teaching fellowship and a summer stipend. She presented her paper, "A Nietzschean Response to the Demands of Beauty in Contemporary Western Society," at the 13th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Pacific University in Oregon, April 13-15, 2009, with support from the Undergraduate Research Academy and the College of Arts and Sciences.

To see the International Honor Society's Homepage please click here.

For a copy of the Phi Sigma Tau National Manual please click here (.pdf).

To view the Phi Sigma Tau Pi Chapter of SIUE's constitution please click here (.doc). To see a copy of the bylaws for the chapter please click here (.doc).

For more information, contact Dr. Saba Fatima,

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