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Paul Arthur Schilpp papers


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Biographical Note

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Biographical Materials



Teaching Materials

Printed Materials

Paul Arthur Schilpp papers, 1916-1996 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Paul Arthur Schilpp papers, 1916-1996Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1930-1990

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 17-19-F5

Primary Creator: Schilpp, Paul Arthur (1897-1993)

Extent: 29.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: The Paul Arthur Schilpp Papers are arranged according to 5 series.  These include: 1) Biographical Materials; 2) Writings; 3) Correspondence; 4) Teaching Materials and 5) Printed Materials.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1986

Subjects: Library of living philosophers, Schilpp, Paul Arthur, 1897-1993

Forms of Material: Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955. - Correspondence, Husserl, Edmund, 1859-1938 - Correspondence, Radhakrishnan, S. (Sarvepalli), 1888-1975. - Correspondence, Schilpp, Paul Arthur, 1897-1993 - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Paul Arthur Schilpp papers consist of correspondence to and from Dr. Schilpp discussing issues related to his Library of Living Philosophers, personal matters, philosophical concepts and ideas, and professional organizations and conferences. The papers also contain Dr. Schilpp's teaching materials, presentations and publications, and letters of recommendation as well as his class notes and essays from his time as a student. The dates of this collection span from 1916-1996. Some esteemed correspondents include Albert Einstein, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, and Edmund Husserl.

Biographical Note

Dr. Paul Arthur Schilpp was widely known as a scholar and teacher.  He founded the Library of Living Philosophers in 1938 and served as its editor until July of 1981.  The Library of Living Philosophers was conceived during the 29 years that Dr. Schilpp served in the Philosophy Department at Northwestern University. The first volume on John Dewey appeared in 1939.  While editing the Library of Living Philosophers and teaching, Dr. Schilpp wrote a number of books as well as articles in scholarly journals. Some books by Dr. Schilpp include Kant’s Pre-Critical Ethics, The Quest for Religious Realism (the Mendenhall Lectures given at DePauw University), andThe Crisis in Science and Education (Grady Gammage Memorial Lectures at Arizona State University).

Dr. Schilpp travelled and lectured widely throughout the world.  He held a visiting professorship at the University of Munich, Germany; was awarded the Watumull Foundation Lectureship in India and Ceylon; and represented the U.S. Department of State at the Pakistan Philosophical Congress.

He served as president of the Western Division of the American Philosophical Association and was also a consultant in Philosophy to the Encyclopedia Britannica.  In 1974, he received the Gold Medal of Phi Beta Kappa of Greater Chicago area for Distinguished Service.  In June of 1980, he was awarded the First Bertrand Russell Society Award at the University of Chicago Campus.  From 1978-1979, Dr. Schilpp served as co-chairman of the Centennial Commemoration Festival to honor the 100th birthday of Albert Einstein.  Dr. Schilpp received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for this project which brought three Nobel Laureates, various distinguished scholars and the St. Louis Symphony to Carbondale. In addition to his activities in learned societies, Dr. Schilpp was a leader in multiple causes including the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, the United World Federalists, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the American Civil Liberties Union etc.

Dr. Schilpp was born in Germany and was the son of a pioneer Methodist minister.  He came to the U.S. in 1913 at the age of 16 to study at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio where he graduated 3 years later with high scholastic record.  He earned his Master’s degree at Northwestern University, his Bachelor of Divinity degree at Garrett Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. at Stanford University.  He also received honorary doctorates from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois, Springfield College, Massachusetts, Kent State University, Ohio, and Baldwin Wallace College, Ohio. He was a professor at the University of the Pacific and Northwestern University before coming to Southern Illinoios University Carbondale in 1965.

In 1950 Dr. Schilpp married Madelon Golden and they had two children, Erich Andrew and Margot Marlene.  He also had four children from a previous marriage to Louise Grunholz, Mrs. Erna Bimson, Mrs. Marjorie Goodere, Robert W. Schilpp and Walter N. Schilpp.

Subject/Index Terms

Library of living philosophers
Schilpp, Paul Arthur, 1897-1993

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Gift.

Related Materials: Library of Living Philosophers records.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Paul Arthur Schilpp papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 4: Teaching MaterialsAdd to your cart.
This series includes Dr. Schilpp's teaching materials including exams, syllabi, and assignments.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Lecture Notes by Harold Chapman Brown adapted by Dr. SchilppAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Lecture: Problems of Moral Decision; General Studies 102; SIUC, Winter 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Syllabi and Exams for Philosophy 400, "The Contemporary Mind"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Syllabus for GSC 104 and Handout with definitions of PhilosophyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Handout: "A Few Important Quotations on the Nature of Science"Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Handout: "The Nature of Human Nature"Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Handout: "Three Major Types of Ethical Theory"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Final Lecture: GSC 102, Problems of Moral DecisionAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Final Lecture in GSC 104: Problems of Moral DecisionAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Class Lectures for The Contemporary Mind, Philosophy 101Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Handouts for GSC 102: Problems of Moral DecisionAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Lectures for Introduction to PhilosophyAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Course Lecture Notes: Political PhilosophyAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Lecture Notes: Contemporary Morality 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Kant: Lecture NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Reading Schedule for Philosophy 588 b-4, Kant and remarks on Kant by othersAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Bible Study Class in Central M.E. Church, StocktonAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Lecture Notes and Handouts for "Studies in the Psychological Exigesis of the New Testament", Northwestern UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Lecture Notes: The Nature and Function of ReligionAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Lecture for Aesthetics. Stanford UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Course Materials for Philosophy III, Evolution, College of the PacificAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Principles of Ethics, ExamsAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Student EvaluationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Letters of Recommendation by Dr. SchilppAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Doctoral Committee, Chinthala KumararatnamAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Lecture Notes: Addresses by Dr. SchilppAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Requests and letters of thanks for letters of recommendationAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Teaching Materials and Correspondence for Education B6 (Philosophy of Education)Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Syllabi, Northwestern universityAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: ExaminationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Book OrdersAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Course SyllabiAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Syllabus for Philosophy 585: British Empiricism, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Teaching Materials, Theory of KnowledgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Teaching Materials, Kant Seminar, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Teaching Materials, The Philosophy of Karl JaspersAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Teaching Materials, Nature and Relations of EthicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Lecture Notes for Teaching on EpistemologyAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Teaching Materials, Philosophy 490Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Teaching Materials, Science and Religion and the Contemporary MindAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Teaching Materials, Twentieth Century PhilosophersAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Letters from StudentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: "Let's Not Think" by an undergraduateAdd to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Department of Philosophy, Syllabi, 1984-1971Add to your cart.

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