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New York Philosophical Club records, 1900-1920

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Call No.: MS#0929
Bib ID 4079158 View CLIO record
Creator(s) New York Philosophical Club
Title New York Philosophical Club records, 1900-1920
Physical Description 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language(s) English .
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Arranged alphabetically by speaker.



Typescripts and printed copies of papers presented at the New York Philosophical Club, including papers by John Dewey and Bertrand Russell. Also, a manuscript volume of including meeting minutes, correspondence, attendance, speakers at the Club, dating from 1900 to 1919, is also included.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); New York Philosophical Club records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


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Alternate Form Available

Minute book, 1900-1919, is on: microfilm.

Ownership and Custodial History

Transferred from the Philosophy Department, 1984.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Philosophy Dept. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--1984. Accession number--M-84.

Microfilm of Minutes: Method of acquisition--Addition; Date of acquisition--10/07/94. Accession number--M-94-10-17.

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Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Microfilm of Minutes Processed HR 10/08/94.

Revision Description

March 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

New York Philosophical Club was organized in 1902, when Frederick J. Woodbridge and Felix Adler joined the philosophy department at Columbia. The mission of the club was to bring people of diverse philosophical attitudes and ideas together. When John Dewey joined the faculty in 1904, he was elected to the club. Members of the Philosophy Department at other universities such as NYU, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton were also welcomed as members of the club. Members of the club include Morris Raphael Cohen, William Montague, Horace Frisco, John Herman Randall, Ernest Nagel, Sidney Hook, William Bakewell, W. H. Sheldon, Brand Blanshard, James Gutmann, as well as others. In the early years, the club met in the homes of its members. In the early 40s, meetings were transferred to the Columbia Faculty Club for a short period of time and then the club met at the Faculty House of New York University in the late 50s. The New York Philosophical Club was active until the mid 1970s.

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New York Philosophical Club records

Adler, Felix

Box 1 The Moral Ideal, 1910 April 21

Box 1 The Relation of Reality to the Moral Ideal as it Has Been Defined in a Previous Paper, 1911 April 20

Brown, William Adams

Box 1 Confessio Theologici—What I Believe About God and Why, 1910 January 20

Box 1 The Ethics of Marginal Orthodoxy, 1912 February 15

Box 1 Democracy and Religion, 1914 January 08

Box 1 Bush, W.T., An Apology for Tradition, 1918 February 14

Catell, James McKeen

Box 1 Mr. Lowell's College, 1910 February 17

Box 1 A Program for Radical Democracy, 1912 March 21

Box 1 Families of American Men of Science, 1915 March 11

Dewey, John

Box 1 The Good, Nature and Intelligence: A Conversation, 1909 December 08

Box 1 Some Thoughts Concerning Religion, 1910 March 17

Box 1 What are States of Mind?, 1912 November 12

Box 1 The Existence of the World as a Problem of Knowledge, 1915 April 08

Box 1 Logical Objects, 1916 March 09

Box 1 Fite, Warner-Moral Valuations and Economic Laws, 1916 April 13

Fullerton, George Stuart

Box 1 A Proposed Reconciliation of Idealism and Realism, 1909 March 18

Box 1 Chapter XVI — Playing With the World, 1912 April 18

Hall, Thomas C.

Box 1 The Underlying Philosophies of Organized Christianity and Marxian Socialism, 1910 November 17

Box 1 The Significance of Coercion, 1913 February 27

Box 1 Moralizing Force, 1915 May 13

Knox, George

Box 1 Values, 1909 January 21

Box 1 Why woman is Religious, 1911 January 10

Krueger, Felix

Box 1 Magical Factors in the First Development of Human Labor, 1911 January 16

Box 1 League of Free Nations Association - Statement of Principles, circa 1918

Box 1 Lovejoy, Arthur O. - The Practical Tendencies of Bergsonism, 1912 December 14

McGiffert, A.C. - The Pragmatism of Kant, 1909 December 18

Box 1 Christianity in the Light of its History, 1912 January 18

Box 1 The Emancipation of Religion—A Historical Sketch, 1915 January 14

Box 1 Democracy and Religion, 1919 March 15

Marshall, Henry Rutgers

Box 1 Realness and Reality, 1909 February 18

Box 1 Paper to be read before the Psychology Club, Columbia University, 1912 April 11

Box 1 Responsibility, Guilt and Punishment, 1913 March 27

Box 1 War and Human Nature, 1916 November 11

Box 1 Hedonic Aesthetics, 1920 November 11

Miller, D.S.

Box 1 Remarks on Prof. Woodbridge's Papers on the Problem of Consciousness and the discussion of 21 February, 1907 March 21

Box 1 Avoidable waste in the Management of Life—Questions in Applied Psychology, 1910 May 08

Box 1 The Beginning of the End of Free Will Controversy, 1910 December 15

Box 1 Logic and Intuition, 1916 January 13

Montague, William Pepperell

Box 1 Mind and Life as Forms of Energy, 1909 October 21

Box 1 A Reaction to the Socialist Philosophy, 1911 March 16

Box 1 Unreal Subsistence and Consciousness (A reply to Prof. Lovejoy), 1913 December 11

Box 1 Pragmatism, 1916 February 10

Box 1 The Antimony end its Implications for Logical Theory, 1918 May 09

Overstreet, H.A.

Box 1 On Survival After Death, 1914 January 12

Box 1 The Functional Group in Politics, circa 1916

Box 1 Rashadall, Aarron - Does Idealism Logically Involve Solipsism?, 1918 November 13

Box 1 Russell, Bertrand - The Relation of Sense-Data to Physics, 1914 April 20

Box 1 Sheldon, Wilmon Henry: The Defunct of Current Democracy

Smith, Norman K.

Box 1 The Interdependence of Historical and Systematic Thinking in the Field of Philosophy, 1911 November 16

Box 1 Renascence, Enlightenment, and Romanticism, 1913 April 24

Box 1 The Ethics of war, 1914 November 12

Box 1 Woodbridge, Frederick J.E. - Instinct and Intelligence, 1911 November 16

Box 1 Morris R. Cohen - Concepts, Signs and Twilight Zones, 1920 February 20

Box 1 Abstracts of untitled papers

(These papers are not in the collection)

Box 1 Minutes, correspondence, etc.

Included is a manuscript volume of Records of the Club, 7 February 1900 - 10 April 1919 (also available in Microfilm). These records state where and when meetings were held, membership attendance, Speakers and Papers presented. Some are signed by Secretary Thomas C. Hall (through 26 October 1905), later ones by other hands.