Metaphysical Society of America records
Scope and Contents
The Metaphysical Society of America was founded by Paul Weiss, Professor of Philosophy, in 1950 at New Haven. Professor Weiss' purpose was "to turn the attention of the philosophical community from more limited objectives to concern with questions about the nature of reality." With a nationwide membership of 112 in 1951, the Society has grown to over 600 members today with an international scope. Its members, which include professors, scholars, and laymen interested in questions of metaphyiscs, meet annually at various universities throughout the United States and Canada. The Society publishes annual announcements and membership lists and has a long-standing relationship with the Review of Metaphysics.
The material in this collection, donated March 29, 1983 by Richard T. DeGeorge, President of the Metaphysical Society, is divided into three series: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS, OTHER SOCIETIES, REPRINTS FROM THE REVIEW OF METAPHYSICS. Series I, ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS, consists of correspondence, information about the Society's annual meetings, financial records, membership specifics, and miscellaneous items. It is arranged chronologically according to subject matter. Series II, OTHER SOCIETIES, contains announcements, memoranda, reports, program information and some correspondence related to various philosophical organizations. Much of this material is from the American Council of Learned Societies of which MSA is an affiliate member. Series III comprises articles, arranged alphabetically by author, reprinted from the Review of Metaphysics.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Richard T. DeGeorge in 1983.
Arranged in seven series: I. Correspondence. II. Annual Meetings. III. Non-Financial Material. IV. Financial Records. V. Membership Lists. VI. Other Societies. VII. Reprints.
4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
The records consist of three parts: administrative records of the Metaphysical Society; communications from other philosophical societies made up of correspondence, announcements and publications; and selected offprints from The Review of Metaphysics (1963-1981).
Biographical / Historical
The Metaphysical Society of America was founded by Paul Weiss, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University, in 1950 at New Haven. Professor Weiss' purpose was "to turn the attention of the philosophical community from more limited objectives to concern with questions about the nature of reality."
- Guide to the Metaphysical Society of America Records
- Under Revision
- compiled by Robert Raffeld
- June 1983
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository
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