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Series IV. Professional Activities, 1935-1989

Scope and Content Notes:

This series documents Sellars' professional activities that are often associated with his academic career, but more clearly represent his contributions to the larger philosophical community. These files are divided into four subseries that highlight Sellars' attendance at conferences and summer institutes, his correspondence with other philosophers, his editorship of Philosophical Studies, and his professional society memberships. Each of these subseries contains extensive scope and content notes.

Subseries 1. Conferences and Summer Institutes, 1953-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

Classified as either conferences or summer institutes, these files document Sellars's attendance of professional gatherings. Under each of these headings, the files are arranged alphabetically by topic. The bulk of the files contain minimal information on the content of the conferences and simply document Sellars's travel accommodations and provide general information on the host institution. However, there are several highly informative files from conferences about the "Concept of Matter," "Mind and Brain," "Philosophy of Language," "Predication," and the "Summer Institute on the History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics." These more extensive files tend to contain agendas, correspondence, copies of the presented papers, and Sellars's notes on the presentations.

Section: Conferences

Folder 02-03 American Philosophical Association, 1971-1983
Folder 4 Action Theory, 1974-1975
Folder 05-07 Concept of Matter, 1961
Folder 8 Culture and Science, 1971
Folder 9 Human Action, undated
Folder 10 Induction, 1961
Folder 11 International Philosophy, 1976

Box 154
Folder 01-02 Kant, 1974-1985
Folder 3 Language, Intentionality, and Translation Theory, 1972-1973
Folder 4 Linguistics, 1973
Folder 5 Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, 1964, 1983
Folder 6 Metaphysics, 1969-1983
Folder 7 Mind and Brain, 1971-1972

Section: Miscellaneous lecture announcements, 1956-1971

Folder 8 Miscellaneous conference topics, 1965-1988

Section: NIHR Conference, undated

Folder 9 Philosophical Concepts in High School Teaching, 1971
Folder 10 Philosophy of Language, 1950
Folder 11 Philosophy of Psychology and the Sciences, 1953-1980
Folder 12 Philosophy of Sellars, 1976, 1979
Folder 13 Predication - Presented papers, 1981

Box 155
Folder 1 Predication - Correspondence and miscellaneous, 1981-1983
Folder 2 Predication, Rationality, Realism, and Reasoning, 1961-1986
Folder 3 Relation between Philosophy and Theology, 1953

Section: Roy Wood Sellars conference audio, 1970

Folder 4 Semantics, 1950
Folder 5 Scientific Realism, 1983-1984
Folder 6 Transcendental Arguments, 1977
Folder 7 Unity of the Sciences, 1976

Section: Unknown conference audio, undated

Folder 8 Wittgenstein Symposium, 1984
Folder 09-12 World Congress of Philosophy, 1971-1983

Section: Summer Institutes


Box 156
Folder 1 American Philosophy, 1976
Folder 2 Continental Philosophy, 1980
Folder 3 Early Modern Philosophy, 1973-1974
Folder 04-08 History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics, 1960-1963

Box 157
Folder 01-03 History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics, 1964
Folder 4 Metaphysics, 1968
Folder 5 Theory of Knowledge, 1971-1972

Subseries 2. Correspondence, 1935-1989

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries is composed of correspondence originating from established or aspiring philosophers, who sought Sellars's expertise. It is subdivided into two categories: correspondence with individuals and correspondence by topic, which are arranged alphabetically. The most informative files in this series are those arranged by individual, which cover a combination of the topics listed below. When considering the correspondence by topic, the most noteworthy files are philosophical debate files, which contain correspondence from individuals who have read Sellars work and either have questions on his philosophy or doubt his approach. These files document the exchange of opinions, which often lead to a clarification of the arguments and clearly establish the fundamental differences in reasoning. The speaking engagement files reveal which institutions invited Sellars to be a speaker, as well as the topics covered by the lectures. The reviews and critiques files generally consist of cover letters, which accompanied manuscripts submitted to Sellars, and to a lesser extent, carbon copies of Sellars's critiques. The recommendations files do not contain Sellars's recommendations for students, since these are located in Section four of Series three. Instead, these recommendation files contain requests from individuals desiring a recommendation, as well as correspondence from institutions seeking Sellars's insight into possible candidates for a particular position. The copy request files contain solicitations for Sellars's offprints and copies of his unpublished articles and lectures.

Section: Individuals


Box 158
Folder 1 Adams, E. M., 1962-1966
Folder 2 Amaral, Pedro, 1973-1985
Folder 3 Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 1949-1972
Folder 04-05 Aune, Bruce, 1958-1979
Folder 6 Baier, Annette, 1971-1972
Folder 7 Baier, Kurt, 1962-1980
Folder 8 Bar-Hillel, Yehoshua, 1951-1967
Folder 9 Berdt, Phyllis, 1956
Folder 10 Bergmann, Gustav, 1947-1975
Folder 11 Bernstein, Richard, 1961-1971
Folder 12 Bieri, Peter, 1974-1982
Folder 13 Binkley, Robert, 1957-1972
Folder 14 Blanshard, Brand, 1937-1977
Folder 15 Brandt, Richard B., 1951-1979
Folder 16-17 Buck, Roger C., 1949-1968
Folder 18 Burian, Richard, 1968-1984
Folder 19 Bynum, Terrell Ward, 1965-1975

Box 159
Folder 1 Carnap, Rudolf, 1947-1963
Folder 02-03 Castaneda, Hector-Neri, 1954-1982
Folder 4 Chappell, Vere, 1964-1971
Folder 5 Chisholm, Roderick, 1951-1979
Folder 6 Clark, Romane, 1953-1981
Folder 7 Cohen, Robert S., 1961-1985
Folder 8 Cornman, James, 1966-1978
Folder 9 Crawford, Patricia, 1954-1975
Folder 10 Delaney, C.F., 1968-1977
Folder 11 Donagan, Alan, 1954-1980
Folder 12 Echelbarger, Charles, 1973-1979
Folder 13 Farber, Marvin, 1935-1973
Folder 14 Feigl, Herbert, 1946-1980
Folder 15 Feyerabend, Paul, 1962-1963
Folder 16 Firth, Roderick, 1968-1974
Folder 17 Fitch, Frederic B., 1963
Folder 18 Frankena, William, 1949-1974

Box 160
Folder 1 Grunbaum, Adolf, 1957-1981
Folder 2 Guleserian, Theodore, 1963-1970
Folder 3 Gutting, Gary, 1976-1981
Folder 4 Hall, Everett, 1948-1955
Folder 05-06 Hanson, Norwood Russell, 1960-1965
Folder 7 Hare, Richard M., 1953-1980
Folder 8 Harman, Gilbert H., 1965-1981
Folder 9 Hochberg, Herbert, 1973-1977
Folder 10 Hosler, Douglas, 1964-1972
Folder 11 Hospers, John, 1954-1968
Folder 12 Kemeny, John, 1953
Folder 13 Kidder, Joel, 1964-1968
Folder 14 Kiteley, Murray, 1989
Folder 15 Kvart, Igal, 1974-1983
Folder 16 LaPara, Nicholas, 1964-1973
Folder 17 Lehrer, Keith, 1957-1979
Folder 18 Linnell, John, 1951-1965

Box 161
Folder 1 Loux, Michael J., 1972-1978
Folder 2 Luckenbach, Sidney A., 1965-1973
Folder 3 Maclagan, W. G., 1939-1964
Folder 4 Marcus, Ruth Barcan, 1963-1979
Folder 5 Marras, Ausonio, 1970-1984
Folder 6 McMullin, Ernan, 1960-1978
Folder 7 Mourelatos, Alex, 1963-1976
Folder 8 Nakhnikian, George, 1956-1975
Folder 9 Nyiri, J.C., 1968-1984
Folder 10 Owens, Joseph, 1964
Folder 11 Owens, Kathleen, 1974-1988
Folder 12 Pap, Arthur, 1949-1955
Folder 13 Pappas, George, 1975-1981
Folder 14 Pitt, Joseph, 1970-1981
Folder 15 Quine, W. V., 1949-1978
Folder 16 Raab, Francis, 1952
Folder 17 Rorty, Richard, 1961-1980
Folder 18 Rosenberg, Jay, 1965-1982
Folder 19 Rosenthal, David, 1965-1987

Box 162
Folder 1 Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., 1962-1989
Folder 2 Ryle, Gilbert, 1936-1969
Folder 3 Savitt, Steven, 1965, 1978
Folder 04-11 Sellars, Roy Wood, 1940-1973
Folder 12-13 Sicha, Jeffrey, 1963-1989
Folder 14 Smart, J. J. C., 1962-1981
Folder 15 Terrell, Burnham, 1957
Folder 16 Thomson, Judith, 1979

Box 163
Folder 1 Turnball, Robert, 1950-1984
Folder 2 Vlastos, Gregory, 1950-1974
Folder 3 Weiss, Paul, 1952-1981
Folder 4 Wells, Rulon, 1949-1972
Folder 5 Williams, Donald, 1949-1963

Section: Correspondence by Topic

Folder 06-10 Copy requests, 1948-1983

Box 164
Folder 01-03 Copy requests, 1948-1981
Folder 4 Evaluations of philosophy departments, 1967-1979
Folder 5 Fellowships, 1937-1981
Folder 6 Job offers, 1966-1974
Folder 07-09 Miscellaneous, 1948-1984

Box 165
Folder 01-03 Offprints with cover letters, 1951-1983
Folder 04-07 Philosophical debates, 1960-1982

Box 166
Folder 01-04 Philosophical debates, 1951-1985
Folder 05-07 Publishers/editors, 1948-1987

Box 167
Folder 01-08 Publishers/editors, 1950-1987
Folder 09-10 Requests for recommendations, 1952-1985

Box 168
Folder 01-05 Requests for recommendations, 1951-1988
Folder 06-08 Reviews and critiques, 1951-1983
Folder 9 Roy Wood Sellars subject file, 1966-1985

Box 169
Folder 01-06 Speaking engagements, 1950-1985

Box 170
Folder 01-03 Speaking engagements, 1955-1983
Folder 4 Visiting professorships, 1949-1976

Subseries 3. Editorship of Philosophical Studies, 1957-1989

Scope and Content Notes:

These files chronicle Sellars establishment and editorship of the journal Philosophical Studies from 1951-1989. These files also document the creation of a related book series, Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy. Most of the files pertain to the journal and consist of correspondence. Largely composed of cover letters, this correspondence originates from philosophers who are submitting their manuscripts for publication. The cover letters are supplemented by a limited amount of manuscripts, as well as letters of acceptance, rejection notices, or evaluations of the manuscripts. The correspondence with publishers illuminates the process of selecting and arranging published articles, as well as granting permission to reproduce articles. In addition to correspondence the subseries contain a log book of manuscripts as well as referee reports. These reports are especially important, since they provide researchers with succinct evaluations of a philosopher's argument. The files relating to the journal phase out in 1974, when Sellars decided to resign as editor and focus on the development of the book series. The book series correspondence is similar to the article submission correspondence and highlights the types of manuscripts submitted for publication.

Section: Journal

Folder 5 Contract, 1971
Folder 06-09 Correspondence on article submissions, 1957-1962

Box 171
Folder 01-08 Correspondence on article submissions, 1963-1967

Box 172
Folder 01-08 Correspondence on article submissions, 1968-1972

Box 173
Folder 01-07 Correspondence on article submissions, 1972-1974

Box 174
Folder 01-05 Correspondence on article submissions, 1973-1974
Folder 6 Correspondence of editorial board, 1971-1974
Folder 07-09 Correspondence with Minnesota Press, 1949-1974

Box 175
Folder 01-04 Correspondence with Reidel, 1970-1976
Folder 5 Log book, 1949-1959
Folder 06-07 Referee reports, 1965-1975

Section: Book Series

Folder 8 Contracts, 1973-1978

Box 176
Folder 01-04 Correspondence, 1973-1989

Subseries 4. Professional Societies, 1939-1987

Scope and Content Notes:

These files document Sellars's activity within various professional associations, committees, foundations, and societies. The files are arranged alphabetically by organization title. He was particularly involved with the American Philosophical Association and these files document his participation in several committees. Extensive files exist for the Federation Internationale Des Societes De Philosophie, which reveal Sellars's interest in the international philosophical community. This section also contains files related to Sellars's service on the editorial board of The Monist. Mostly consisting of correspondence, these files document the process of developing the quarterly issues of the journal. The National Science Foundation files document Sellars's activity as a consultant to the History and Philosophy of Science division, as well as his own grant proposals.

Folder 5 American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1971-1987
Folder 6 American Association of University Professors, 1952-1973
Folder 7 American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1971-1974
Folder 8 American Council of Learned Societies, 1964, 1971

Section: American Philosophical Association

Folder 9 Board of officers, 1969-1970
Folder 10 Committee on International Cooperation, 1968-1973
Folder 11 General, 1964-1972

Box 177
Folder 01-02 General, 1974-1981
Folder 03-07 Executive Committee, 1967-1983

Box 178
Folder 1 Nominating Committee, 1971
Folder 2 Program Committee, 1963-1967
Folder 3 American Philosophical Quarterly, 1962-1979
Folder 4 Association of Philosophy Journal Editors, 1971-1977
Folder 5 Center for Advanced Study in the Behavior Sciences, 1975-1978

Section: Council for Philosophical Studies

Folder 06-07 General, 1964-1972
Folder 8 Visiting philosopher program, 1968
Folder 9 Federation Internationale Des Societes De Philosophie, 1965-1971

Box 179
Folder 01-06 Federation Internationale Des Societes De Philosophie, 1972-1983
Folder 7 Humanist Society, 1939-1942
Folder 8 Hume Society, 1978-1983

Box 180
Folder 1 Institute of Intercultural Research, 1973-1974
Folder 2 Leibniz Society, 1978-1983
Folder 3 Metaphysical Society of America, 1971-1985
Folder 04-05 Mind Association, 1965-1984
Folder 6 Miscellaneous Societies, 1952-1984
Folder 07-12 Monist,Correspondence, 1961-1982

Box 181
Folder 01-02 National Endowment for the Humanities1968-1978

Section: National Science Foundation

Folder 3 Consulting, 1962-1974
Folder 4 Research project, 1963-1978
Folder 05-06 Rhodes Scholarship Trust, 1953-1958

Section: Philosophy of Science Association

Folder 07-08 General, 1970-1985

Box 182
Folder 1 Biennial meeting, 1976-1977
Folder 2 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1969, 1972