Symposium (The Student Philosophy Club)

Dr. Lauren Tillinghast talk, September 2008

Dr. Robert Flower makes a point, September 2008

(Photos courtesy Rochelle Bilow, '09)

Symposium meets bi-weekly and events are determined entirely by student interest. Most often, meetings take the form of discussions. We've discussed a broad range of topics (animal rights, science and religion, existentialism, friendship, the nature of time), as well as several philosophically interesting movies. Faculty are always encouraged and welcome to attend our meetings, and occasionally we ask them to share their work with us. Symposium also sponsors a couple of special events per year. Past events include staging a dramatic reading of Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit, attending John Patrick Shanley's Doubt at Syracuse Stage, and hosting year-end gatherings with philosophy faculty and students.

For more on Symposium, contact Prof. Cavin Robinson.


Phi Sigma Tau (New York ETA Chapter)



Phi Sigma Tau’s purpose is 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. 

Awarding Distinction 

In the Spring semester, students who meet the criteria for admission into Phi Sigma Tau are inducted in a public ceremony. The winner of the annual Essay Contest is also honored, as is the winner of the Leonard P. Markert Medal in Philosophy, awarded to an outstanding graduating philosophy major. There is a reception with the whole philosophy department, families and friends with good food and good spirits (not the drinkable kind).

The 2014 Phi Sigma Tau Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday, April 24th.  Make your plans to join us in 2015 - hopefully as an awardee!  "Let no one delay the study of philosophy when young, nor weary of it when old" (Epicurus).

National Organization

Phi Sigma Tau has chapters all across the United States and in Canada. For information about the National Organization, go to the Phi Sigma Tau website.


Other Opportunities for Undergraduate Scholarship 


Philosophy Essay Contest

The Department of Philosophy and the Le Moyne chapter of Phi Sigma Tau are sponsoring the 2015 essay contest open to all Le Moyne College students. Papers should be

  • typed, double-spaced, 5-7 pages long
  • prepared for anonymous review (make sure your name appears only on the cover page)
  • submitted by March 2nd, 2015 to Prof. Michael Kagan either electronically at kagan@lemoyne.edu or by hard copy to RH 423

The first prize winner receives $100 and is honored at the Department of Philosophy Honors Ceremony in April. 

Undergraduate Publications

For more information on these listings as well as additional Calls for Papers, check out the "Symposium / Philosophy Conferences" bulletin board on the 4th floor of Reilly Hall, across from Dr. Flower's Office (RH 435), or check out PLATO (Philosophy Learners and Thinkers Org - a blog of undergraduate philosophy happenings).





Arete: The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Rutgers University 8000 word max, prepared for blind review, Word or PDF format Early October

Questions and submissions: rundergrad.philo.journal@gmail.com

Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Papers between 1500 and 3500 words in length


Web presence: http://stance.iweb.bsu.edu/

Philomathia: The University of Utah's Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy Papers prepared for blind review; should not exceed 20 pages. Mid-January

Web presence: http://www.philosophy.utah.edu/philomathia/

Prometheus: Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

10-30 double-spaced pages in MLA format with proper citations. Mid-January

Web presence: http://www.prometheus-journal.com/
Submissions: submit@prometheus-journal.com

Ephemeris: An Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy (Union College) Electronic submissions only, Word or RTF, footnotes rather than endnotes, MLA or Chicago Mid-February

Web presence: http://punzel.org/Ephemeris/  Submissions: ephemeris@union.edu

The Reed: St. Olaf College Undergraduate Journal of Existentialism Essays should address topics of an existential nature and should not exceed 15 double spaced pages Mid March

Questions and submissions: thereed@stolaf.edu

Qualia: Bard's Undergraduate Philosophy Journal 15 double-spaced pages max in MLA or Chicago style with bibliography Early March

Questions and submissions:

Philologoi: The Belmont University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy 16 pages max, footnotes rather than endnotes, Chicago, prepared for blind review Early March Questions and submissions: philologoi.journal@gmail.com


Undergraduate Conferences

For more information on these listings as well as additional conference announcements, check out the "Symposium / Philosophy Conferences" bulletin board on the 4th floor of Reilly Hall, across from Dr. Flower's Office (RH 435), or check out PLATO (Philosophy Learners and Thinkers Org - a blog of undergraduate philosophy happenings).




Conference date

College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) College of the Holy Cross Undergraduate Philosophy Conference TBA late-March. Inquiries: philconf@holycross.edu
Pacific University (Forest Grove, Oregon) 18th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference TBA early-April.  More info at: http://www.pacificu.edu/as/philosophy/conference/index.cfm
Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) "Democracy Realized? The Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement" Conference TBA late-March. More info at: allegheny.edu/democracy2014
SUNY Oneonta (Oneonta, NY) 19th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference TBA mid-April. More info at: http://oneontaphilosophy.wordpress.com/
Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA) GSU Phi Sigma Tau Philosophical Society 3rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference TBA mid-April. Inquiries: dlayne@georgiasouthern.edu  Submissions: gsuphisigmatau@gmail.com
Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy 1 April 2015 8 May 2015. More info at: http://www.rit.edu/cla/ethics/Conference.html



Professional Societies 

International Association for Philosophy and Literature

American Society for Aesthetics - Aesthetics on-line 


Philosophy Resources (encyclopedias etc.) 

wifilosofia (links to various encyclopedias and dictionaries of philosophy and other reference materials)

EpistemeLinks: Philosophy Resources on the Internet

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Dictionary of Philosophy

Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind (look up "zombie")

Feminist Theory Website

Philosophy Family Tree (find out if your prof was taught by someone who was taught by . . . Kant)

AskPhilosophers.org (You ask. Philosophers answer.)