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Call for applicants to Phi Sigma Tau

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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I am now issuing a general call for students wishing to join Phi Sigma Tau, the national honors society in philosophy. The basic lowdown is this: you pay $25 to be registered with the national office, and you get to participate in a glorious induction ceremony and dinner at my house, and when you graduate you get to wear a dignified blue stole – and you carry the honor with you for the rest of your life. You basically have to have done well in three philosophy classes, and have something like a “B” overall gpa.

Send me a note at if you’d like to join. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY TOLD ME YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN, please tell me again, as I have kept a list but am not fully confident it is complete.


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