Phi Beta Kappa, Delta of Washington

Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most selective undergraduate honor society in the United States, was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Society takes its name from the initial letters (ΦBK) of its Greek motto, Philosophia Biou Kubernetes, “Love of wisdom, the guide of life.”

The Phi Beta Kappa Society granted a chapter to the ΦBK members of the University of Puget Sound faculty and staff in 1986. As the fourth college in Washington to be granted a ΦBK chapter, our chapter takes its name from the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, Delta or Δ.

Fall Semester

Magee Address Information or Visiting Scholar Lecture Information

Magee Address: "A Theory of Everything that Exists in the Entire World"
Justin Tiehen, Associate Professor of Philosophy
October 28, 2015, 5-6 p.m., Trimble Forum

Philosophers have long sought a unified theory of everything. Consider Thales, the first Western philosopher, who thought everything that exists is ultimately made of water. Today a more common view is Physicalism, the thesis that everything that exists is ultimately physical, that is, made up of the sort of entities described by the science of physics. My talk will examine the prospects of Physicalism, focusing especially on potential problems for the view that arise in connection with attempts to provide Physicalistic explanations of consciousness, of normativity (including morality), and of absences (things that don't happen).

Spring Semester

March 23, 2016, 5 - 6 p.m.—Election of New Members & Business Meeting, University Club

April 19, 2016, 5 - 6 p.m.—Initiation Ceremony, President’s House

May 13, 2016, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.—Commencement Luncheon with Trustees