Ernest Nagel Papers
1930-1988


Finding Aid Prepared by Bernard Crystal
October 2001


Date Range: 1930-1988
Size of Collection: 15 linear ft. (ca. 5,100 items in 37 Boxes)
Date of Acquisition: Gift of Ernest Nagel, 1980
Gift of Alexander and Sidney Nagel, 1988
Material on Microfilm: No material on microfilm
Terms of Access: Available for faculty, students, or researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.
Restrictions on Use or Access: Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Location in Stacks: In sequence
Processing Information: Processed by TC 8/88
HM 2/90 rev.
RLIN ID: NYCR88-A107

BIOGRAPHY

       Ernest Nagel (1901-1985), philosopher and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University. Nagel received a B. S. 1923 from City College and a M. A. 1925 and Ph. D. 1930 from Columbia. First appointed to Columbia's faculty in 1930 Nagel became John Dewey Professor of Philosophy in 1955 and University Professor in 1967.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

       Correspondence, manuscripts, speeches, notebooks, notes, teaching materials, subject files, clippings, printed materials and books of Ernest Nagel. Included among the correspondence are William J. Bennett, Rudolph Carnap, Kurt Gödel, Adolph Grünbaum, C. G. Hemple, Paul Lazarsfeld, William J. McGill and Morton White.

The collection's manuscripts include most of Nagel's essays and articles as well as drafts of his major works, including "The Structure of Science" (1961). The teaching materials contain syllabi, reading lists and lecture plans from the philosophy courses Nagel taught at Columbia.

The collection also includes numerous manuscripts and printed materials by other authors which were inscribed to Nagel. In addition, there are printed materials and printed books by Nagel at the end of the collection.


Cataloged Series

   --Correspondence

1  Hook, Sidney
     

1  Santayana, George
     

1  Shi, Hu
     


Arranged Series

   --Correspondence

1  A - J

1  K - W

1  Bailey, Herbert S., Jr.
     

1  Bennett, William J.
     

1  Bentley, Arthur
     

1  Berenda, Carlton W.
     

1  Berkson, Joseph
     

1  Black, Max
     

1  Brandt, Richard
     

1  Bryson, Lyman
     

1  Carnap, Rudolf
     

1  Chroust, Anton-Hermann
     

1  Church, Alonzo
     

1  Cumming, Robert D.
     

1  Feigl, Herbert
     

1  Fraenkel, George K.
     

1  The Free Press
     

1  Gödel, Kurt
     

1  Grünbaum, Adolf
     

1  Harcourt, Brace and World
            (1) - (2)

1  Hempel, C. G. ("Pete")
     

1  International Institute for the Unity of Science
     

1  Janus Books
     

1  Katz, Leo
     

1  Kolakowski, Leszek
     

1  Laudan, Larry
     

1  Lazarsfeld, Paul
     

1  McGill, William J.
     

1  Morgenbesser, Sidney
     

1  Nagel, Ernest
             (carbons, etc.)

1  New York University Press
     

1  Parsons, Charles D.
     

1  Phi Delta Kappa Society
     

1  Purdom, Paul
     

1  Reichenbach, Hans.
     

1  Sovern, Michael
     

1  Toulmin, Stephen
     

1  White, Morton
     

1  Zeisel, Hans
     

2  Miscellaneous (1) - (3)

   --Manuscripts

2  America Illustrated statement

2  Assumptions in Economic Theory

2  [Biographical portraits of philosophers]

2  Biology [incomplete]

2  Max Black
     (Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

2  G. Spencer Brown
     Probability and Scientific Inference.
        Review

2  A Budget of Problems in the Philosophy of Science

2  [Business school seminar]

2  Butler Gold Medal Speech
        1980

2  Carnap's Theory of Induction (1) - (3)

2  Causal Inferences in the Social Sciences

2  Certainty in Natural Science

2  Changing Conceptions of Science

2  Charles Peirce's Place in Philosophy

2  The Cognitive Status of Theories

2  Cohen Week Celebration Speech

2  Columbia College Award Speech

2  Comments on John Dewey, Logic

2  Comment on Fuller, Human Purposes and Natural Law

2  Comments on Papers by Dr. Crombie and Father Clark

2  [Comments on Professor Holton]

2  [Comments on Professor Toulmin]

2  The Competence of Reason

2  Conference on Scientific Spirit

2  Creativity in Science

2  Current Critiques of Science as a Cumulative Enterprise

2  D'Amato on Law and Custom

2  The Debt We Owe to G. E. Moore

2  Definition and Specification of Meaning

2  Determinism and Development

3  Dewey Lecture
       Brandeis, 1959

3  Dewey's Lectures on Ethical Theory

3  Dewey's Lectures on Logic

3  Dewey's Logic of Inquiry

3  Differentiation and Unification in the Natural Sciences

3  Dispositional Concepts

3  Do Life Processes Transcend Physics and Chemistry?

3  Eighth International Congress of Philosophy. Address

3  Encyclopedia Americana
        1954

3  Encyclopedia Americana
        1958

3  The Enforcement of Morals

3  Evidence as Justification

3  Experience and Probability.
        1st Draft.
2nd Draft
3rd Draft
4th Draft
5th Draft
6th Draft
Final Draft (1) - (2)

3  Explanation and Structure of Scientific Knowledge

3  Fact, Value and Human Purpose

3  Fair Play and Civil Disobedience

3  The Formation of Modern Concepts of Formal Logic in the Development of Geometry (1) - (4)

4  Freedom and Authority in Scientific Method

4  Freedom and Civilization [Sakharov Conference]

4  A Frequency Theory of Probability (1) - (3)

4  Functionalism in the Social Sciences

4  Gšdel's Proof. 1st Draft.
2nd Draft.
3rd Draft.
4th Draft.
5th Draft.
6th Draft. (1) - (2)
7th Draft.
7th Draft. Revisions.
Final Draft

4  Ernest H. Hutten
     Language of Modern Physics.
        Review

4  Impossible Numbers -- A Chapter in the History of Modern Logic

4  Impressions of European Universities: The Nineteen-Thirties

4  [Indefiniteness]

4  Introduction to R. Condon, Probability.

4  Introduction to A. DeMorgan, Budget.

4  Introduction to Greenberg and Gershenson, Anaxagoras.

4  Introduction to A. GrŸnbaum

4  Introduction to Logic and Scientific Method.
        1st Draft. (1) - (3)

5  Introduction to Logic and Scientific Method
        2nd Draft. (1) - (6)
3rd Draft.

5  Introduction to J. S. Mill, Philosophy of Scientific Method.

5  Introduction to Watson, Understanding Physics.

5  Is Biology Different from Physics?

5  Is the Laplacian Theory of Probability Tenable?

5  Arnold Isenberg Tribute

5  Issues in the Logic of Reductive Explanations.

5  William James
     

5  Journal of the History of Biology. Comment.

5  The Judgment of Practise.

5  Krikorian Party Comments

5  Liberalism and Intelligence.

5  A Limitation of the Axiomatic Method.

5  Logic Without Metaphysics. Introduction.

5  Logical Empiricism -- Its Achievements and Its Promise.

5  Logical Positivism and A Priori Knowledge.

5  Logical vs. Psychological Problems of Induction.

5  Man's Right to Know and Free Use Thereof.

5  Mathematics: An Indispensable Tool of Physical Inquiry
        Review

5  Mathematics: The Nature of Mathematics
        television program

5  Mathematics: Paradoxes
        television program

6  Meaning and Knowledge. (1) - (2)

6  The Meaning of Probability.

6  Memorandum on Philosophy in Relation to the Sciences.

6  Method in Social and Natural Science.

6  Methodological Issues in Psychoanalytic Theory.

6  The Methods of Science.

6  Mill's Logic.

6  Mr. Wheelwright's Wisdom.

6  National Teach-In, Washington D.C. Address.

6  The Nature and Aim of Science.

6  Nature and Convention.

6  Nature, Man and Science.

6  The Nature of Scientific Explanation.

6  On the Origin of Dialectic and Syllogism in Greek Philosophy.

6  On the Interpretation of Probability Calculi.

6  On the Logic of Measurement. Chapter 3
Chapter 7.

6  On the Method of Verstehen as the Sole Method of Philosophy.

6  On Three Arguments in Support of Natural Law.

6  [Oral History Interview Transcript]

6  Peirce Review.

6  The Philosopher Looks at Science.

6  Philosophical Concepts of Atheism.

6  Philosophical Interpretations of Contemporary Biology.

6  Philosophical Problems in Biology.

6  Philosophy in Educational Research.

7  The Philosophy of Science.

7  The Philosophy of Science
        May 1932
     Note: Radio Lecture

7  The Philosophy of Science
       University of Delaware, 1961

7  Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Education.

7  Philosophy of Science -- Assessment of Evidence.

7  The Place of Science in a Liberal Education.

7  Predictability and Scientific Knowledge.

7  Preference, Evaluation and Reflective Choice.

7  Princeton Conference
        5 Nov. 1965

7  Probability (Logic).

7  Probability and Non-Demonstrative Inference.

7  The Problem of Induction.

7  The Quest for Uncertainty.

7  Rationality in Judicial Decisions.

7  Reduction and Autonomy of the Sciences.

7  Reductive Explanations and Scientific Revolutions.

7  A Rejoinder to Putnam.

7  The Relation Between the Social and the Natural Sciences.

7  The Relation of Sign to Object Signified.

7  Relativism and the Problems of a Working Historian.

7  Relativity and Twentieth-Century Intellectual Life.

7  Reply to "An Objective Probabilism."

7  The Rise of Modern Science.

7  Rorty Talk. Comments
        Spring 1973

7  Science and Culture
       Bard College,

7  Science and Culture
     Note: Phi Beta Kappa Society

7  Science and Knowledge
        1st Draft and Notes (1) - (2)
2nd Draft.
Final Draft.

8  [Science and Mechanics] (1) - (2)

8  Science and Semantic Realism.

8  Science and the Humanities.

8  Science as a Way of Life.

8  Scientific American
        Reviews

8  Scientific Laws and Theories.

8  The Scientific Man.

8  The Scientific Method
        Jan. 1964

8  Scientific Method
        1967

8  The Scientific Revolution.

8  Sense and Nonsense -- A Modern Critique of Language.

8  The Social Import of Automatic Control.

8  The Social Sciences.

8  The Sociology of Knowledge and Philosophy of Science.

8  Some Current Issues. Introduction.

8  Some Issues in Teilhard's Theory of Cosmogenesis.

8  Some Leading Principles of Dewey's Logical Theory.

8  Some Notes on Determinism.

8  Some Reflections on Myth and Symbols in Science.

8  Some Reflections on the Use of Language in the Natural Sciences.

8  Some Theses in the Philosophy of Logic.

8  Sovereign Reason. Preliminary Introduction.

8  Sovereign Reason. (1) - (3)

8  State University Centennial Symposium.
        Speech.

8  The Structure of Evolutionary Explanations.

9  The Structure of Science.
        1st Draft. (1) - (6)
2nd Draft (1) - (3)

10  The Structure of Science.
        2nd Draft (4) - (8)
3rd Draft (1) - (8)

11  The Structure of Science.
        Publisher's Copy. (1) - (11)

12  The Structure of Science.
        Corrected Galleys.

13  The Supremacy of Method

13  Teleology Revisited. (1) - (4)

13  Theory and Observation

13  Truth and Certainty in Science

13  Types of Causal Explanations in Science

13  The Universe and the Paradox of Relevance

13  Verifiability, Truth, Verification

13  What Do Communists Understand by Marxism-Leninism?

13  Wittgenstein

13  Unidentified Mss. (1) - (2)

14  Unidentified Mss. (3) - (4)

14  Miscellaneous Introductions

14  Miscellaneous Book Reviews (1) - (10)

   --Speeches and Lectures

15  On index cards

   --Notebooks

16  Algebra
        vols

16  Bolzano

16  Cornford, F. M.
     From Religion to Philosophy.

16  Logic 101-102
        1931-1932

16  Logic 101-102
        1932-1933

16  Logic 101-102
        1933-1934

16  Mathematics
        volumes

16  Philosophy Review

16  Tarski
        vols

16  Miscellaneous
        Sprial notebooks

   --Notes

17  Algebra (1) - (2)

17  [City College]

17  Civilization and Progress

17  Cohen and Natural Law

17  Concept Formation in the Social Sciences

17  Dewey: Types of Logical Theory

17  Ethics

17  [Geometry]

17  History and the Social Sciences

17  C. J. KEYSE, Modern Geometry

17  Logic (1) - (2)

17  The Logic of Economic Analysis

17  Mathematics (1) - (2)

17  N. P. MEAD, The World War & Division and Reunion.

17  [Organizations]

17  Probability

18  The Problems of Evolutionary Theory

18  Salmon's "Statistical Relevance" Model

18  Reichenbach, Hans.

18  Richardson, Lewis F.

18  Miscellaneous (1) - (3)

   --Teaching Materials

18  Anatomy of Biological Thought. (1) - (2)

18  Conceptions and Critiques of Reason.

18  Contemporary Philosophical Problems.

18  Explanatory Methods of Empirical Science.

18  Foundations of Modern Physical Science.

18  Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

18  History of Biology.

18  Hull, C. L.

18  Jurisprudence.

18  Legal Philosophy Seminar. 1959-1969
Spring 1962

19  Legal Philosophy Seminar
        Autumn 1962
963
Fall 1965
Fall 1967
Autumn 1968
Fall 1970
Fall 1971
Fall 1972

19  Legal Philosophy Seminar Related Materials.

19  Logic (1) - (4)

19  Logic (1) - (5)
        1937-1938

19  Logic
        1941-1950

20  Logic
        1943

20  Logic
        1951-1952

20  Logic. Examinations.

20  Logic. Related Materials. (1) - (2)

20  Logic in Practice.(1) - (2)

20  Logic of Social Inquiry
        1953
1954

20  Related Materials.

20  Logic of Social Research
        1955
1956
1957
1959
1961
1964

20  Logic of Social research. Related Materials
     

21  Logical Theory (1) - (2)
        1948-1949

21  Logical Theory,
        1952-1953.

21  Nineteenth Century Philosophies of Science

21  Philosophy Examinations. (1) - (3)

21  Philosophy of Civilization.

21  Philosophy of Language. (1) - (3)

21  Philosophy of Law,
        Spring 1963
Spring 1978.

21  Philosophy of Law. Examinations.

22  Philosophy of Law
        Reading Lists.

22  Philosophy of Law. Related Materials (1) - (6)

22  Philosophy of Mathematics. (1) - (5)

23  Philosophy of Mathematics. (6) - (10)

23  Philosophy of Mathematics (1) - (5)
        1957

24  Philosophy of Science.

24  Philosophy of Science,
        1943.
1950.
1954.
1958.

24  Philosophy of Science Seminar
        1961.

24  Philosophy of Science Seminar (1) - (2),
        1968
1971.

24  Philosophy of Science. Related Materials.

24  Probability and Induction. (1) - (6)

25  Reading Lists.

25  Science and Imagination.

25  Scientific Methods and Stages in Their Historical Development

25  Swarthmore College
      Honors
        Examinations.

25  Theory of Knowledge,
        1951.
1954.

25  Theory of Knowledge,
        1955
1956
1966.

25  Related Materials. (1) - (3)

25  Theory of Meaning.

25  Theory of Value. [University Seminar]

25  The Thought of the Nineteenth Century. (1) - (3)

25  Turning Points in the History of Science.

25  University of Melbourne.

25  Miscellaneous

   --Subject Files

26  Academy of Humanism.

26  Agriculture, Department of

26  American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
     

26  American Economic Association Conference.
     

26  American Friends of Hebrew University.
     

26  American Philosophical Society.
     

26  American Philosophical Society.
      Annual Meeting
        1964

26  American University.
     Hurst Philosophy Lecture.

26  Bibliographic References.

26  The British Academy.
     

26  Carnap, Rudolf.
     

26  Carus Lectures.

26  Catholic University of America.
     

26  Columbia University
     Lectures
        1973

26  Conference for Federal Science Executives.

26  Cooper Union.
     

26  Descartes Tricentenary.

26  John DEWEY Foundation. (1) - (3)
     

27  John DEWEY Foundation. Essay Project
Minutes.

27  Edel Festschrift.

27  Educational Policies Commission.

27  Einstein Centennial.

27  Einstein College
     Colloquium.

27  Encyclopedia of the Twentieth Century.

27  Fordham University
     Conference,
        1965

27  Philipp FRANK Dinner.

27  Freiss, Horace L.
     

27  Gšdel, Kurt.
     

27  Gšdel's Proof.

27  Harvard Commencement
        1966.

27  Haverford College Institute.
     

27  KQED
     Computer Series. (1)

28   KQED
     Computer Series. (2)

28  Journal of Philosophy
     Notes on Tadeuxz KOTARBINSKI Translation.

28  Paul F. LAZARSFELD Fund.
     

28  Logic of Historical Explanation. Conference. (1) - (2)

28  Logical Positivism. Conference.

28  Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science.
     

28  Morgenbesser Festschrift.

28  Nagel Speech Announcements.

28  National Academy of Sciences. National Research Council.
     (1) - (2)

29  National Academy of Sciences
      National Research Council. (3)

29  National Endowment for the Humanities.
     

29  National Endowment for the Humanities. Interdisciplinary Institute.
     

29  National Science Foundation.
     

29  New School for Social Research.
     

29  Charles PEIRCE Colloquium.

29  Charles PEIRCE Colloquium. Related Items.

29  Phi Delta Kappa Symposium on Educational Research.

29  Philosophy of Education Society.
     

29  Philosophy of Science Association
      (1) - (2)

29  Princeton University.
     

30  Randall, J. H.
     

30  Reichenbach, Hans.
     

30  Rockefeller Foundation
      Grant

30  Andrei SAKHAROV Conference
        1981

30  Science, Philosophy and Religion Symposium
        1965

30  Scientific Frontiers and their Interaction with Society.

30  Smith College. Science Committee.
     

30  Solow, Herbert.
     

30  Sterling Forest Conference Program.

30  The Tamiment Institute
     (1) - (2)

30  Teleology Revisited.

30  University Center in Virginia
     

30  University of Chicago.
     Conceptual Foundations of Science.

30  Venuxem Lectures.

30  Miscellaneous.

30   Clippings.

   --Manuscripts inscribed to E. Nagel

31   A - M

32  S - W

   --Printed Materials

33 - 35  Printed Books inscribed to Nagel

36   Printed Materials and Printed Books by Nagel


1989 Addition

   --Manuscripts

      --Introduction to Logic and Scientific Method

37  Variant Draft-ver. 1
        a.m.s. (1)

37  Variant Draft-ver. 2,
        t.m.s.(2)

37  Variant Draft-ver. 2, exercises and analytic
        index t.m.s. (carbon) (3)

37  Variant Draft-ver. 2, carbon,
        t.m.s. (carbon) (4)

      --Notes

37  Miscellaneous

      --Teaching Materials

37  Grade Book for Philosophy Courses