Archive of Sir Peter F. Strawson
The archive comprises: Academic papers and manuscripts, 1946-1998 (includes full lectures with edits, article reviews, portions of manuscripts, and old exam paper drafts); Public engagements, 1970-1997 (transcripts of broadcast discussions on philosophy for the BBC, typed up interviews for the philosophical magazine Cogito, and eulogies given for prominent coworkers and friends); Personal papers and correspondence, 1942-2005 (including correspondence with Strawson's friend J.P. Carswell while in the military during World War II, an autobiographical chapter written about Strawson's personal and professional life, correspondence with George Kreisel in part concerning Kreisel's conversations with Francis Crick, and papers relating to Strawson's tour of the US and India in 1987-1988).
- Creation: 1942-[c. 2000s], n.d.
1.8 Linear metres (12 boxes)
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Some material closed.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests to publish this material should be directed to the copyright holder, PF Strawson's son Galen. Lady Strawson wishes to be copied in as well on all requests. Contact details can be provided upon request.
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 21718/1].
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CMD ID 21718
Academic and personal papers of Sir Peter F. Strawson, Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College) (1968-1987).
Biographical / Historical
This archive contains the remaining papers of Sir P.F. Strawson (1916-2006). Strawson was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy and a fellow of Magdalen College at the University of Oxford from 1968-1987. He was one of the most influential figures in post-war philopsophy and, in particular, analytical philosopy. Known for his book Individuals and other writings expounding upon descriptive metaphysics and shared conceptual schema, Strawson helped popularise the study of philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Arrangement of the Strawson archive has been kept roughly to the original order in which it was received by the Libraries. The seller wrote a full list of the archived contents, which can be found in MS. 21718/1 and was used to assist with cataloguing. The archive has been arranged into the following three series that are slightly condensed categories from the provided content list:
1. Academic papers and manuscripts 2. Public engagements 3. Correspondence and personal papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bought from Bernard Quaritch Ltd., Feb 2022.
- Catalogue of the Archive of Sir Peter F. Strawson
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- First edition