W. V. Quine papers, ca. 1908-2000.


Quine, W. V. (Willard Van Orman). W. V. Quine papers, ca. 1908-2000.

W. V. Quine papers, ca. 1908-2000.

Papers include: professional correspondence and topical files; crank letters; requests for permission to publish Quine writings; declined invitations sent to Quine to lecture, referee, serve on a board, and write; Quine's notes and compositions for lectures, books, articles, teaching and work from his own student years; collected compositions written by others, most with annotations by Quine; biographical miscellany; and ephemera, clippings, and photographs. Also includes restricted files including: Quine's recommendations written for others along with resumes and correspondence; files about students; correspondence concerning the recommending and selection of candidates for teaching positions, awards, etc...; and some Harvard University departmental files. Series I, the large, general correspondence series, includes many prominent correspondents in the world of 20th-century philosophy, and much conversation about departments at Harvard University and various philosophical societies and journals. Also, mixed within this series, are topical folders including letters and information about the main entry. It should be noted that Quine's correspondence often contained philosophical proofs, logical and mathematical symbols, and other philosophical expressions that appear more like working papers for his writings than simple letters. Many of the names featured in this correspondence series, also have entries in Series III, Compositons by others. A few of the correspondents included in series I are: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Association, Association for Symbolic Logic, A. J. (Alfred Jules) Ayer, Rudolf Carnap, Noam Chomsky, Alonzo Church, Donald Davidson, Burton Dreben, Herbert Feigl, Dagfinn Føllesdal, Philipp Frank, P. T. (Peter Thomas) Geach, Roger F. Gibson, Nelson Goodman, Carl Gustav Hempel, Saul A. Kripke, Ernest LePore, Bryan Magee, Ruth Barcan Marcus, Charles W. (Charles William) Morris, Ernest Nagel, Jean Piaget, Charles Parsons, Michael Polanyi, Sir Karl Raimond Popper, Hilary Putnam, John Rawls, Richard Rorty, Bertrand Russell, Gilbert Ryle, B. F. (Burrhus Frederic) Skinner, J. J. C. (John Jamieson Carswell) Smart, P. F. Strawson, Alfred Tarski, Jean Van Heijenoort, Hao Wang, Alfred North Whitehead, J. O. (John Oulton) Wisdom, and many, many others. Quine's compositions include: his own early course work and notes on classes taken at Oberlin College and at Harvard University; notes from later years; teaching materials, especially lectures materials for courses at Harvard; lecture materials for occasional lectures; and appointment calendars, clippings on his life, and a few other personal or family related items. There is very little personal correspondence, photographs or papers, as these were retained by the Quine family.

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