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Henry David Aiken, Collection of manuscript material, offprints, association-copies

Aiken, Henry David / John Rawls / Donald Davidson / Rudolf Carnap / Roderick M. Chisholm / Nelson Goodman / Raphael Demos and others.

Collection of manuscript material, offprints, association-copies and books from the library and personal collection of Professor Henry David Aiken, American Philosopher, specialist on Analytic Philosophy, Aesthetics, Ethics and Education at the Universities of Columbia, Harvard, Michigan and Brandeis. The collection reflects Aiken’s deep connections to the important postwar-period of great thinkers at American Universities like Harvard and Brandeis. Aiken was friends with John Rawls, Raphael Demos, Daniel Bell, Arnold Kaufman, Stephen Toulmin, Israel Scheffler. Aiken’s “Beloved teacher” and mentor was Ralph Barton Perry (see his dedication in “Predicament of the University”). More importantly, Aiken was accepted as scholar and friend around important thinkers like Willard Van Orman Quine, Alfred North Whitehead, Robert Nozick and John Rawls. The collection includes first edition offprints from nearly all of these mentioned, including the rare first appearance of John Rawls’ “Justice as Fairness” in its original wrappers-issue from 1957 [See on our website images under “Libraries & Collections”]. The collection also includes materials previously inscribed and gifted to fellow philosophers in Aiken’s circle of friends, now reunited with this Archive. [Please enquire for access to excellent photographs and descriptions to each title, included in this collection]. The collection includes for example the Proof of Aiken’s publication “The Predicament of the University” [Working-Title: “The Future of the University”] – This title is of great interest alone, with Aiken’s annotations. Also included is the first edition of Aiken’s personal copy of his Thesis for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts: “Hegel’s Philosophy of Fine Art – A Study with special reference to the Theory of Tragedy”. Among the collection are roughly 200 offprints, often with dedications and inscriptions to colleagues. [Each title is listed in detail, with images, on our website under “Libraries & Collections” (click on “Henry D. Aiken Collection”).

Harvard / Brandeis / Cambridge (Mass.) etc., c. 1935 – 1975. Octavo & Quarto. More than 2000 pages. Original Softcover / Stapled. Very good condition with only minor signs of wear.

EUR 17.500,-- 

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Collection of important publications by and on the British Philosopher Bertrand Russell

Russell, Bertrand.

Collection of important publications by and on the British Philosopher Bertrand Russell [some of the publications from libraries of important philosophers like Quine]. The collection includes: 1. Bertrand Russell – War – The Offspring of Fear (First Edition – London, 1914) / 2. Bertrand Russell – Ideas that have harmed Mankind – Man’s Unfortunate Experience with his self-made enemies, including sadistic Impulses, Religion, Superstition, Envy, Economic Nationalism, Pride, Racism, Sex Superiority, Creeds and other evil things. (First Edition – Girard (Kansas), 1946) [From the library of Henry David Aiken] / 3. Bertrand Russell – Scientific Method in Philosophy (First Edition – Oxford, 1914) / 4. [Bertrand Russell] Paul Foulkes – Wisdom of the West (London, 1960) / 5. Bertrand Russell – The Analysis of Mind (London, 1951) / 6. Bertrand Russell – “Per Aspera ad Astra” (in: “Science and the Future of Mankind” – together with essays by Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer others, this copy used to belong to the library of Boston’s “Simmons College”) / 7. Ronald Jager – The Development of Bertrand Russell’s Philosophy [From the library of philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine (with inscription and signed by Jager to Quine)] / 8. Quine, Willard Van Orman / Heimpel, Carl G./ Wang, Hao – Symposium – Issue on Bertrand Russell by “The Journal of Philosophy”: ‘The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell’: Willard van Orman Quine – Russell’s Ontological Development / Carl G. Hempel – On Russell’s Phenomenological Constructionism / Hao Wang – Russell and Philosophy // A Historical Survey of Western Philosophy in its Social and Political Setting.

London / Oxford / Den Haag and others, Clarendon Press / Dr.Junk / Allen and Unwin / Macdonald & Co. Ltd., 1914 – 1972. Original Hardcover and Softcover – Bindings. Only one publications iwth some minor damage, otherwise all publications in very good or even better condition with only minor signs of external wear.

EUR 1.700,-- 

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