International Philosophy Honors Society - ΦΣΤ

International Philosophy Honors Society symbolHistory

Founded at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA 1930 as Alpha Kappa Alpha. Incorporated on October 21, 1955 as Phi Sigma Tau. Admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies in 1958.

Winthrop ΦΣΤ

Winthrop University hosts the first chapter of ΦΣΤ in the state of South Carolina: the SC-ALPHA chapter, founded on Feb 01, 1972.

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To serve as a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy, to promote student interest in research and advanced study in this 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 this field; to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public.

International Philosophy Honors Society - symbol 2The Society's emblem is a pentagon with the letters Phi Sigma Tau at the center. Each of the angles contains a word representing one of the five streams of world thought: Chinese, Indian, Islamic, Hebrew, and Greek. The seal of the Society is the reverse side of the Athenian silver tetradrachma (B.C.E. 480-400), which bears the owl, olive spray, and small crescent. The margin of the seal carries the legend, Phi Sigma Tau, 1930.

If you are interested in joining ΦΣΤ and meet the requirements, contact the advisor: Dr. Meeler, 325 Kinard, 803/323-2338.