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Finding Aid for the Thomas D. Perry Papers, 1957-1982, (bulk 1970-1982)

22/5F/998

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives


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Collection Overview

Title: Thomas D. Perry Papers, 1957-1982, (bulk 1970-1982)
Creator: Perry, Thomas D. 1957-1982
Extent: 9 manuscript boxes, (3.75 linear feet)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Collection of materials from Thomas D. Perry, professor of legal philosophy. Includes his teachings, publications, professional correspondence, and his work in the U.B. Philosophy Department.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, 22/5F/998, Thomas D. Perry Papers, 1957-1982,(bulk 1970-1982), University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Archives' the preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

The Thomas D. Perry Papers, 1957-1982, were given to the University Archives by his wife, Patricia Perry in two different accessions: # 82-081 was received October 5, 1982, and accession # 85-037 was received May 3, 1985.

Terms of Access

The Thomas D. Perry Papers, 1957-1982 are open for research.

Copyright

Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Vilz, April 2005.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Thomas D. Perry was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1924. A graduate of the University at Buffalo's Law School, Dr. Perry served as a legal counselor to Congress and later, Bell Aerospace Corporation. He attended Columbia University, earning a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1966. Thereafter he taught Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, where he was active in Department activities, including assisting in the development of the University's Philosophy and Law joint degree program.

Dr. Perry was particularly interested in moral reasoning and legal philosophy. He published many works in such distinguished journals as Ethics, The Journal of Philosophy, and Analysis, as well as a book on philosophy, Moral Autonomy and Reasonableness. In 1981, he was honored by the Aristotelian Society in Britain, (counterpart to the American Philosophical Association). In his eulogy of Dr. Perry, friend and colleague Dr. Jorge Gracia referred to this as "…an honor that is only rarely accorded a living philosopher." Dr. Perry had two works published posthumously in 1985, Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters, and the article, "Two Domains of Rights." He died in 1982.


Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the professional work of Thomas D. Perry, professor of Philosophy at the University of Buffalo from 1966- 1982. It is mainly comprised of notes and correspondence regarding his publications and work in the Philosophy Department. Included are his extensive notes on his second book, Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters, and comments on colleagues work.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series. I.Publications; II.Professional work; III.Philosophy Department; IV.Education.


Container List

Box-folder Contents
1.1 General correspondence, 1967-1981; includes letters to publishers and colleagues.
I.A    Articles
Box-folder Contents
1.2
"Can Ethical Reasoning Be Complete?," 1967; includes second manuscript, "On Normative Reasoning in Ethics."
1.3
Articles on moral reasoning, 1968; includes "Conceptual Revision in Ethics," "Moral Autonomy and Reasonableness," correspondence.
1.4
"Judicial Method and the Concept of Reasoning," 1969; includes correspondence.
1.5
"Language Reform in the Time-Gap Problem," 1971; includes correspondence.
1.6
"G. J. Warnock on Justice and Obligation," 1972; includes correspondence.
1.7
"Moral and Judicial Reasoning: A Structural Analogy," 1973; includes correspondence.
1.8
"Judicial Discretion Affirmed," 1974; includes correspondence.
1.9
"A Refutation of Searle's Amended 'Is-Ought' Argument," 1974; includes correspondence.
1.10
"A Paradigm of Philosophy: Hohfeld on Legal Rights," 1977; includes correspondence.
1.11-1.12
"Contested Concepts and Hard Cases," 1977; includes book review of Ronald Dworkin's Taking Rights Seriously, correspondence.
1.13
"Reply in Defense of Hohfeld," 1980; includes correspondence.
1.14
"Two Domains of Rights," 1981-1982, no date; includes earlier draft, "The Dual Structure of Rights."
1.15
"Dworkin's Transcendental Idea," 1982; includes correspondence.
I.B    Monographs

Records regarding Moral Reasoning and Truth are arranged chronologically. Folder headings for Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters include quoted subtitles taken directly from Perry's descriptions of the material.

Box-folder Contents
2.1-2.7
Moral Reasoning and Truth, 1971-1977; includes working draft, correspondence, book review, student paper.
2.8
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: "Integration and general criticism," 1972, 1974-1975, no date; includes notes.
2.9
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: "Identity theory," 1974; includes notes.
2.10
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: "General outlines, preface, introduction," 1974-1975; includes notes.
2.11-3.1
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: "Mapping thought," 1975, 1977, 1980, no date; includes working draft, notes.
3.2
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: "Chapters on belief," 1976-1978, 1981-1982, no date; includes notes, correspondence.
3.3
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: "Outlines and drafts," 1980, 1982, no date; includes notes.
3.4
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: "Notes for conclusion," 1980-1981
3.5
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: "Description of project," 1982, no date; includes notes.
3.6-3.8
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: correspondence, 1978-1982; includes letters to publishers and colleagues.
3.9-3.10
Professional Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters: drafts, no date; includes chapters 5, 7, endnotes.
Box-folder Contents
4.1 General correspondence, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1979-1982
II.A    Comments on others' work
Box-folder Contents
4.2-4.4
Peers' work, 1967-1981, no date; includes notes, correspondence.
4.5
Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1968, 1973, no date; includes notes.
4.6
G.J. Warnock, 1971-1972; includes notes.
4.7
John Rawls, 1972, 1974; includes notes.
4.8-4.9
Alan Soble, 1975-1977, 1981, no date; includes correspondence, notes.
4.10-5.1
Reader's reports, 1975, 1977-1980; includes notes, correspondence.
5.2
Ronald Dworkin, 1976, 1979, no date; includes notes.
5.3
John Kekes, 1979-1980; includes notes, correspondence.
II.B    Creighton Club
Box-folder Contents
5.4-5.10
Creighton Club, 1974-1980; includes proceedings, programs, notes, correspondence.
Box-folder Contents
6.1 General correspondence, 1973, 1975-1976, 1978-1979
6.2 Promotion, 1974-1975; includes memos and correspondence in regards to Thomas Perry's promotion to full professor.
III.A    Committees, 1976-1982
Box-folder Contents
6.3-6.5
New York State Education Department (NYSED) review, 1976; includes reports, memos.
6.6-6.7
Committee on Teaching Quality, 1976-1977, 1980-1981; includes "Report of the Faculty of Social Sciences Committee on Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness," 1980, 1981, memos, correspondence regarding Philosophy 108 Course Committee.
6.8-6.9
Graduate Policy Committee, 1976-1978, 1982; includes Ad hoc Committee for M.A. in Applied Philosophy and Professional Ethics, meeting minutes, memos, notes, and recommendations to NYSED.
6.10
Ad hoc Committee for Philosophy Department Plan of Development, 1978; includes final report, memos, notes.
6.11
Presidential Evaluation Team: comments by Perry, 1979; includes final report.
6.12
Executive Committee, 1980-1982; includes meeting minutes, proposal, report.
III.B    Lectures, 1966-1979
Box-folder Contents
7.1
Symposium: "The Idea of God: Philosophical Perspectives," 1966-1967; includes 1966 Symposium, programs, correspondence.
7.2-7.8
Symposium: "Justice and Reasoning," 1968-1969; includes transcripts, program, announcements, invitations, notes, correspondence.
7.9
Philosophy Club, 1975-1977; includes Oxford Philosophy Films series, Steinberg Prize, memos, notes.
7.10
Periodicals Discussion Group, 1976; includes Alan Gewirth's "Is-Ought Problem Resolved" and "Principle of Generic Consistency," and Jorge Gracia's "The Principle of Identity in Thomistic Metaphysics."
8.1
Ronald Dworkin lecture, 1979; includes notes.
8.2
Lectures, no date; includes "H.L.A. Hart's Theory of the Nature of Law," "Legal Rights: How Useful is Hohfeldian Analysis," and "Pathology of Legal Concepts."
III.C    Coursework
Box-folder Contents
8.3
Courses, 1966-1979, no date; includes course descriptions, examinations, notes.
8.4-8.6
Phil. 339: "Philosophy of Law," 1971-1982, no date; includes, course outline, examinations, notes, correspondence.
8.7-8.9
Phil. 329: "Metaphysics," 1973, 1977, 1980-1981, no date; includes course description, examinations, notes.
8.10
Phil. 498: "Of What Use is Philosophy?," 1975-1977; includes course description, notes.
8.11-8.13
Phil. 108: "Knowledge and Reality," 1975-1982, no date; includes course description, syllabus, notes.
9.1
Correspondence, 1976-1977, 1980, no date
9.2
Phil. 634: "Philosophical Reasoning," 1977-1978; includes course description, notes.
Box-folder Contents
9.3-9.9 Perry's graduate course notes at Columbia University, 1957-1964; contains syllabi, course, "Logic," 1960-1962.
9.10 Columbia University course notes: "Logic," 1960-1962

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

Aristotelian Society (Great Britain)
Columbia University. Faculty of Philosophy
Perry, Thomas D. Professional philosophy
Perry, Thomas D. Moral reasoning and truth
State University of New York at Buffalo. Dept. of Philosophy
State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

Subject Terms

State University of New York at Buffalo. Dept. of Philosophy
State University of New York at Buffalo. Dept. of Philosophy--Faculty
Academic writing
Columbia University--Graduate students
Columbia University. Faculty of Philosophy
Dworkin, Ronald
Hart, H. L. A. (Herbert Lionel Adolphus), 1907-
Hohfeld, Wesley Newcomb, 1879-1918
Justice (Philosophy)
Law (Philosophy) Law and ethics
Metaphysics
Perry, Thomas D. Moral reasoning and truth
Perry, Thomas D. Professional philosophy
Perry, Thomas D.--Archives
Perry, Thomas D.--Correspondence
Philosophers--Correspondence
Philosophy--Study and teaching
Soble, Alan
State University of New York at Buffalo--Archives
Warnock, G. J. (Geoffrey James), 1923-
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