MS 7613
Papers of John Passmore (1914- )



Scope and Content Note

  • Papers
  • MS 7613
  • 1929-2000
  • 8.28m (51 boxes) + 4 folios
  • Available for reference

The philosopher John Passmore donated his papers to the National Library in two instalments in 1988 and March 1998 under the Taxation Incentive for the Arts Scheme, (renamed in 1997 as the Cultural Gifts Program.)

The collection documents aspects of Passmore’s career from the 1930s to 1997, and includes extensive series of correspondence (personal, professional and family), together with writings, reviews, conference papers, awards and invitations related to his various academic and writing activities. Also featured in the papers are photographs, articles and speeches, interviews by or about Passmore and papers relating to a conference celebrating his career.

The strength of the collection lies in the correspondence and writings. The correspondence dates back to the 1930s and the earliest stages of Passmore’s career as a teacher and English lecturer. Amongst the correspondents are philosophers, editors, writers and academics from other disciplines including English, science, history and political science. The letters reflect Passmore’s philosophical concerns and the important figures with whom he was associated. He maintained correspondence with Karl Popper, Bertrand Russell, John Anderson, Alan K.Stout, Gilbert Ryle and many other philosophers.

The extensive series of Passmore’s writings reflect his huge output and demonstrate what he describes as a ‘desire to always press beyond the boundaries of philosophy’. His shorter pieces written as lectures or for academic journals and newspapers demonstrate the eclectic nature of his interests, ranging from art, film and literature to environmental ethics, science and politics.


Biographical Note

1914

Born 9 September Manly, New South Wales

1918-28

Attended Manly Public School

1929-30

Attended Sydney Boys’ High School

1931-34

Studied at University of Sydney obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, first class honours in Philosophy and English literature

1934

Publication of T. S. Eliot by the Literary Society, University of Sydney

1935-49

Successively Tutor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney

1936

Married Annie Doris Sumner

1940

Master of Arts, University of Sydney

1943

Member, Social Science Research Committee, Australian National Research Council

1947-50

Editor of the Australasian journal of philosophy

1950-54

Professor of Philosophy at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand

1951

Publication of Ralph Cudworth by Cambridge University Press

1952

Publication of Hume’s intentions by Cambridge University Press

1953

Member of the Institut International de Philosophe

1955

Reader of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University

1956

Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Humanities

1956-75

Director of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust

1957

Publication of A hundred years of philosophy by Duckworth and Co

1959

Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University

1960

Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Brandeis University

1961

Publication of Philosophical reasoning by Duckworth and co

1965

Awarded the Mackie Medal by the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science

1965

Publication of Introduction to Joseph Priestly by Collier Books

1967-70

Visiting Scholar, Institute of Education, London

1970

Publication of The perfectibility of man by Duckworth and Co

1971

Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge, United Kingdom

1971

Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

1974

Publication of Man’s responsibility to nature by Duckworth and Co

1974

Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science

1974-77

President of the Australian Academy of Humanities

1975

Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy

1976

Gauss Lecturer, Princeton University; Gross Lecturer, Rutgers University

1977

Chairman, Committee of Enquiry into German universities for the International Council for the Future of Universities

1978

Publication of Science and its critics by Rutgers University Press

1978

Publication of The philosophy of teaching

1978

Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

1978

Dawes Hick Lecturer, British Academy

1979

Foreign Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters

1980

Publication of The philosophy of teaching by Duckworth and Co

1980

Tanner Lecturer, Cambridge University

1980-82

University Fellow in History of Ideas, Australian National University

1981

Boyer Lecturer for the ABC, presenting a series of discussions on the limits of government

1983-94

Visiting Fellow, History of Ideas, Australian National University

1983

Comte Lecturer, London School of Economics

1985

Publication of Recent philosophers by Duckworth and Co

1985-91

Visiting Distinguished Professor and General Editor, Bertrand Russell Project, McMaster University, Canada (part-time)

1991

Publication of Serious art by Duckworth and Co

1993

Awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to philosophy

1993

Macrossan Lecture, University of Queensland

1995

Visiting Fellow in History, Australian National University

1997

Publication of Memoirs of a semi-detached Australian by Melbourne University Press


Series List

1 Correspondence, 1932-97
2 Correspondence with publishers, 1942-94
3 Family papers and correspondence, 1970s
4 University of Sydney, 1922-97
5 Bertrand Russell Project, 1974-97
6 Writings by Passmore, 1933-98
7 Reviews, 1948-96
8 Printed material, 1936-98
9 Conferences, 1948-93
10 Newspaper cuttings, 1950s-1980s
11 Photographs, 1960s-1980s
12 Awards, 1975-93
13 Interviews, 1958-92
14 Miscellaneous, 1940-90

Series Description

Series 1

Correspondence, 1932-97

The first part of the series contains letters written by Passmore to his wife during his overseas trips. Most of the correspondence is original, with a smaller portion of photocopied letters in some of the files.

The writers, publishers, editors, philosophers and intellectuals whose correspondence is represented in this series include Bertrand Russell, John Gorton, Mervyn Horder, Horace Smith, Isiah Berlin, Gilbert Ryle, Karl Popper, Edwin Curley, Alan Stout, John Bell, Margaret Rose, Edward Shils, Keith Hancock, T. W. Bynum, P. H. Partridge and Dennis Grey.

The European correspondents include Walter A. Rosenblith, Paul Kurtz, Professor Nobuyuki, V. Schweinfurth, Hans-Joachim Zimmerman, M. Sancipriano, Carlo Giacon and Vernon Sternberg.

The chronological order in which Passmore kept his correspondence has been maintained as well as most of the original file titles.

Folder
1 Personal correspondence, 1932-82
2 Personal correspondence, 1950s-86
3 Correspondence between John, Annie and Helen Passmore, 1970
4 Correspondence, 1943-83
5 Correspondence, 1943-87
6 Correspondence, 1948-77
7 Correspondence, 1948-86
8 Correspondence, 1953-87
9 Correspondence, 1959-84
10 Correspondence, 1960-89
11 Correspondence, 1960-94
12 Correspondence, 1963-93
13 Correspondence, 1965-87
14 Correspondence, 1978-87
15 Correspondence, 1977, 1982-88
16 Correspondence, 1981-94
17 Correspondence, 1982-83
18 Correspondence, 1990
19 Correspondence, 1991
20 Correspondence, 1992
21 Correspondence, 1993
22 Correspondence, 1994
23 Correspondence, 1995
24 Correspondence, 1996
25 Correspondence, 1997
26 American correspondence: 1963-80
27 Canadian correspondence: 1964-79
28-29 British correspondence, 1967-79
30 Italian correspondence, 1971-79, French correspondence, 1974-76
31 German correspondence, 1973-78, Belgian correspondence, 1974
32 Israeli correspondence, 1974-78
33 Japanese correspondence, 1975-76
34 Correspondence with Professor Richard Hare, Wolfgang Brezuka, Karl Popper, Gilbert Ryle and Julian Huxley, 1948-84
35 Correspondence with Sir Karl Popper, 1949-79
36 Correspondence with Professor Gilbert Ryle, 1949-66, and Professor Dennis Grey, 1949-53
37 Letters from Bertrand Russell, Isiah Berlin and Sir Keith Hancock, 1950-83
38 Correspondence with Professor Perce Partridge, 1954-68
39 Correspondence with Dr Ronald Butler, 1956-65
40 Correspondence with Professor Maurice Mandelbaum, 1959-65, and Professor T. W. Bynun, 1968
41 Correspondence with Louis Greenspan and Eugene Kamenka, 1961-93
42 Correspondence with Dr P. G. Kuntz, 1965-68
43 Correspondence with Dr Franz Keil, Dr A. F. Griaznov and Professor J. Claude Pigeut, 1975-92
44 Correspondence regarding requests for assistance, including letters from Dr J. Franklin, Yehuda Elkana and J. William Forgie, 1976-92
45 Correspondence, 1979-92
46 Correspondence with A. J. Youngson, I. G. Ross, Russel Ward, Eugene Kamenka and Paul Bourke, 1980-92
47 Correspondence with Eugene Kamenka, Margaret Rose, Brian Kennedy and Robyn Williams, 1984-94
48 Correspondence with Professor Brian Crittenden, Professor Peter Jones and H. J. McCloskey, 1985-91
49 Correspondence with Eugene Kamenka, Ralph Elliott, R. M. Hare, 1988-93
50 Correspondence relating to Passmore’s academic appointments, 1935-86
51 Correspondence relating relating to Passmore’s application for a Lectureship in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, 1938-44
52 Correspondence with the University of Otago, 1949-54
53 Correspondence with organisations, 1953-87
54 Correspondence with the Carnegie Corporation regarding study grants, 1954-59
55 Correspondence with the Australian National University, 1957-86
56 Correspondence with Brandeis University, 1958-62
57 Correspondence with the University of St Andrews and the University of Chicago, 1962-70
58 Correspondence with the University of Hawaii, 1966-76
59 Correspondence regarding lecture tours in Japan, 1967-84
60 Correspondence with the International Union of History and the Philosophy of Science, 1968-78
61 Correspondence with overseas academics, 1974-84
62 Correspondence with the Australian Academy of Science, 1975-79
63-64 Correspondence with the International Council on the future of the University, 1975-83
65 Correspondence with the Institut International de Philosophie, 1976-83
66 Correspondence with the Australian Academy of Humanities, 1976-77
67 Correspondence with the ABC regarding programs on which Passmore was a panel member. These include ‘A battle against bewitchment’ and ‘Australian universities’, 1977-87
68 Correspondence regarding Passmore’s writings on philosophy and education, 1978-79
69 Correspondence with overseas academics, 1983-87
70-71 Correspondence relating to refusal of academic postings, 1959-87
72 Greeting cards, n.d.
73 Invitations, n.d.

Series 2

Correspondence with publishers, 1942-94

The series chiefly comprises a series of letters between Passmore and Duckworth and Co with whom he had a lengthy and productive association that began with the publication of One hundred years of philosophy. Passmore also enjoyed a good working relationship with the University of Melbourne Press which published a number of his early works, including Reading and remembering (1942).

Also filed here are letters exchanged between Passmore and a number of academic journals including Quadrant, New literary history, History and theory, Journal of philosophy and Arts international. As well as submitting articles for publication, Passmore regularly contributed book reviews, and edited work by other writers.

Among the editors, publishing staff and academics whose correspondence is represented in this series are Ralph Cohen, Colin Haycroft, Deborah Blake, Peter Hume, Barbara Perkins, Beatrice Davis, Alan Stout, James Fitzsimmons, Colin Hayes, Carl C. Hempel, Valerie Willey, Michael Dover, Peter Hopkins, Brian Southam, Hugh Stretton, Warren Hogan and Mervyn Horder.

Folder
1-2 Correspondence with Melbourne University Press regarding Reading and remembering and Talking things over, 1942-64
3 Correspondence with Cambridge University Press, 1949-54
4 Correspondence with publishers regarding One hundred years of philosophy, 1952-68
5 Correspondence with Gerald Duckworth and Co, 1956-81
6 Correspondence with editorial staff of The philosophical review, 1957-66
7 Correspondence, 1959-62
8 Correspondence with various publishers including Cambridge University Press and Rutgers University Press, 1959-79
9 Correspondence with various publishers including Crowell-Collier Publishing Company and the Journal of the history of ideas, 1959-76
10 Correspondence with publishers regarding Philosophical reasoning, 1961-69
11 Correspondence with Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1961-73
12 Correspondence with History and theory, 1962-77
13 Correspondence with various publishers, including drafts by Passmore of entries for encyclopaedias, 1962-77
14 Correspondence with the Journal of philosophy, including a reprint of an article by Passmore, 1963-66
15 Correspondence regarding The perfectibility of man, 1968-71
16 Correspondence with various publishers, 1968-82
17 Correspondence with the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, including a manuscript of an article on Hume, 1969-74
18 Correspondence with Encounter, 1970-74
19 Correspondence with J. M. Dent and the Arts Council, 1971-79
20 Correspondence with Arts international, 1972-73
21 Correspondence with Longman Australia, 1972-76
22 Correspondence with Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1972-78
23 Correspondence with various publishing houses including Gerald Duckworth and Co, the University of London Press and Quadrant, 1972-87
24 Correspondence with New literary history, 1973-75
25 Correspondence regarding Man’s responsibility to nature, 1973-79
26 Correspondence with various publishers, 1977-92
27 Correspondence with Quadrant, 1978-86
28 Correspondence with various publishers; extended correspondence with Duckworth’s regarding the publication of Serious art, 1979-94

Series 3

Family papers and correspondence, n.d.

This series mainly comprises correspondence between John Passmore and Ruby Passmore regarding his research into the Passmore family history.

Also filed here are photocopies of birth certificates and wills; copies of the Sydney Morning Herald dating back to 1831; copies of letters dating from the 1820s; letters from Passmore to Mrs J. Richards, a researcher; and notes on the Royal Staff Corps. (3 folders and 1 folio)


Series 4

University of Sydney, 1932-97

Passmore attended the University of Sydney as a student and lecturer from 1931 to 1949. It was during this time he took philosophy classes with Professor John Anderson and encountered the student Free Thought Society. His university contemporaries included Judith Wright, A. D. Hope, Donald Horne and James McAuley. He graduated in 1934 with a double first, and lectured in literature and philosophy.

John Anderson took up the post of Challis Professor at the University of Sydney in 1927, a position he held until his retirement in 1958. Throughout this period a group of students at the University of Sydney called themselves ‘Andersonians’ after their teacher. Based on his doctrines, they established themselves as radical critics of governments, authorities and establishments, attacking religion, patriotism and repression, advocating freedom of thought and enquiry.

This series chiefly comprises handwritten and typed drafts of lectures given by Passmore as tutor, lecturer and senior lecturer of philosophy at the University of Sydney. The topics range from Elizabethan plays and poetry to propaganda, metaphysics and sophistry. Other folders document Anderson’s writings; correspondence between Anderson and Passmore after Passmore took up an appointment at Otago University in New Zealand; newspaper cuttings following the controversy surrounding Anderson’s exercise of free speech outside the lecture room; and several drafts of an article by Passmore on his former teacher.

Folder
1 Selections from Martial (edited for use of Latin classes at the University of Sydney), 1922
2 Handwritten thesis on ethics, 1937
3 Lecture notes for Elementary logic, 1940
4 Lecture notes for Modern philosophy, 1941
5 Lecture notes for the discussion course Critical thinking, 1944-45
6-7 Lecture notes for Plato’s later dialogues, 1944-45
8 Lecture notes on Hume, 1945
9 Typed lecture notes for Modern philosophy, 1945
10 Lecture notes on Descartes and Locke, 1945
11 Lecture notes on approaches to literary criticism, 1946
12 Lecture notes on metaphysics, 1946
13 Lecture notes on the ethics of G. E. Moore, 1946
14 Lecture notes on approaches to literary criticism, 1946; a guide to study at university level written by Passmore, 1946
15 Lecture notes for Propaganda and propaganda analysis, 1947
16 Lecture notes for Social philosophy, 1947
17-18 Lecture notes on philosophy, n.d.
19 Lecture notes on ‘Introduction to Philosophy’, n.d.
20 Lecture notes for Philosophy I, n.d.
21 Lecture notes for Ethics, n.d.
22 Lecture notes on methodology and values, n.d.
23 Lecture notes on Hume, n.d.
24 Lecture notes on morality, logic and sophistry, n.d.
25 Thesis on ‘Hume and his predecessors’, n.d.
26 Writings by John Anderson, 1932-37
27 Newspaper cuttings on John Anderson and Alan K. Stout, 1943-78
28 Letters from John Anderson to Passmore, 1952-76
29 Correspondence between Passmore and Alan K. Stout regarding the John Anderson Testimonial Fund Committee, 1958-97
30 Copy of entry on John Anderson from The Greats: the 50 men and women who helped to shape modern Australia, n.d.
31 Program for John Anderson’s commemoration lecture, 1977; correspondence regarding Bill O’ Neill’s article on Anderson, 1977-78
32 Handwritten draft of an unpublished article written by Passmore on John Anderson, n.d.

Series 5

The Bertrand Russell Project, 1974-97

Bertrand Russell’s large collection of correspondence and unpublished writings were purchased by McMaster University in 1968. The project to publish these writings began in 1969 under the incentive of the University Librarian, Dr William Ready. The goal was to publish ‘a complete, reliable, critical annotated edition’ of Russell’s shorter writings and unpublished book manuscripts between 1888 and his death in 1970.

Passmore was invited to join the Editorial Board as Visiting Professor in 1983, accepting with some misgivings the position of General Editor in 1985. The project was affected by ongoing disputes between members of the editorial board and the university administration. Passmore eventually published an article detailing his dissatisfaction with the internal politics.

This series comprises correspondence between Passmore and academics working on the Project including Dr Nick Griffin (editor), Dr Kenneth Blackwell (Russell archivist), Dr Alasdair Urquhart (editor), Dr John Slater (editor) and Dr Richard Rempel (editor); a long series of letters between Passmore and Dr Louis Greenspan, the Director of the Editoral Project; newpaper cuttings, pamphlets and articles on the project.

Folder
1 Proposal for funding the Bertrand Russell Project Editorial Board, 1974
2 Correspondence with Carl Spader, Richard A. Rempel, John G. Slater and David Pears, 1980-83
3 Correspondence with John W. Yolton, Alwyn Berland, Nick Griffin and Alvin A. Lee, 1984
4 Correspondence with A. Berland, Andrew W. Brink and Nick Griffin, 1985
5 Correspondence with Gregory H. Moore, Kenneth Blackwell, Leslie J. King and Louis Greenspan, 1986
6 Correspondence with Louis Greenspan, Leslie J. King, Gregory H. Moore, R. E. Tully, Nick Griffith and Bill Stratton, 1987
7 Correspondence with Kenneth Blackwell, Leslie J. King, Gregory H. Moore, R. A. Rempel, Bill Stratton and John G. Slater, 1988
8 Correspondence, 1989-93
9 Copy of article written by Passmore on the Project: Editing Russell’s papers: a fragment of institutional history, 1994
10 Correspondence with Louis Greenspan, Evan Simpson and John G. Slater regarding Passmore’s article, 1994-95
11 Newspaper cuttings and brochures on Bertrand Russell and the Project, 1994-97
12 Correspondence with Louis Greenspan, Nick Griffin, Garry Pinard and Alasdair Urquhart, 1994-97

Series 6 Writings by Passmore, 1933-98

In addition to lecturing, from early in his career Passmore was a regular contributor of articles and reviews to a number of Australian and overseas newspapers and academic journals. The majority of the writings are articles written for academic journals or lectures, some of which were later published. Passmore wrote extensively on the philosophy of environmental politics, education, aesthetics and the imagination. He was an outspoken critic of deficiencies in secondary and tertiary education in Australia throughout his life and expressed strong views on Australia’s role in Asia.

This series includes handwritten drafts and typescripts including lectures notes, reviews, articles and typed draft chapters on his youth and adolescence which were to eventually form his autobiography Memoirs of a semi-detached Australian. Also included are a series of draft writings on the connection between art, aesthetics and morality that formed the basis for Serious art.

Folder
1 Handwritten draft of Passmore’s English honours thesis, ‘The influence of 17th century poetry on modern poetry’, 1933
2 Handwritten drafts of lectures on T. S. Eliot, delivered to the Australian English Association, 1930s
3 Drafts of English papers completed in Passmore’s English honours year, including ‘Is Marlowe a poet rather than a dramatist?’
4 Handwritten draft on one of Passmore’s first lectures on Gilbert Keith Chesterton
5 Background material for talks edited by A. E. Mandre and researched by Passmore for a series called ‘Words are dangerous’, 1942
6 Drafts of talks (some in script format) of a series of discussions broadcast on ABC radio: ‘The tyranny of fashion’, ‘What are the practical uses of philosophy?’and ‘Are the universities open to talent?’, 1942-44
7 Draft review of R. G. Collingwoods An autobiography, 1940
8 Draft review of writings on Harold R. Smart, James A. Perkins, Bertrand Russell and D. J. O’Connor, 1947-64
9 Talkabout discussion group, 1947
10 Handwritten draft of ‘Problems’, later delivered at the Amsterdam Conference, 1948
11 Draft reviews of writings by Norman Malcolm (including 'Ludwig Wittgenstein') and Karl Popper, 1949-77
12 Handwritten lectures on Descartes, 1951
13 Typed draft of Hume’s intentions, 1952
14 Handwritten draft of ‘Intentions’, delivered at Oxford University, 1955
15 Handwritten notes on ‘Wittgenstein theory of science in TLP’, 1955
16 Handwritten lecture on ‘Interpretation’ presented at the Australian National University, 1954
17 Draft on Moore and Russell which later appeared as chapter 9 in One hundred years of philosophy, 1954
18 Typed copy of ‘Ludwig Wittgenstein’, 1958
19 Handwritten drafts of ‘The history of philosophy’ and ‘Invention and knowing’, 1960
20 Biographical notes written on George Edward Moore, 1962 and Henry More, 1971
21 Drafts of several lectures on education: ‘Education and criticism’, and a copy of the paper ‘History today’ as it appeared in Teaching history, 1968
22 Several drafts of ‘The malleability and predictability of eighteenth-century thought’, 1965
23 Drafts of ‘Philosophy and aestheticism’ and several unpublished papers on aesthetics, 1966
24 Draft of ‘History today’, 1968
25 Cutting of published copy of ‘Paradise now: the logic of the new mysticism and Postscript: paradise lost’, 1970
26 Clear copies of lectures delivered at an Oxford seminar in 1970: ‘The purposes of Hume’s treatise’, ‘Mind and body’ and ‘Ethics and social science’, 1970
27 Draft of ‘The revolt against science’, the second Oscar Mendelsohn lecture, 1972
28 Handwritten draft of a poem by Passmore, ‘Poems of a blind woman’, 1972; handwritten draft of ‘Should we preserve the wild?’, 1973
29 Typed draft of ‘Have we a duty to posterity?’, included as a chapter in Man’s responsibility to nature, 1974
30 Drafts of ‘Reflections on Gilbert Ryle’s collected papers’, published in the Australian journal of philosophy, 1974
31 Draft of ‘Science and human aspiration’, 1975
32 Draft of ‘The making of an Australian philosopher’, 1975
33 Final draft of ‘G. F. Stout’s editorship of Mind (1892-1920)’published in Mind, 1976
34 Typed draft of ‘The ecology of the arts’, published in Quadrant, 1976
35 Handwritten draft of ‘Hume and the ethics of belief’, which appeared in David Hume: Bicentenary papers, 1977
36 Typed clear draft of ‘Hostility to science’, 1978
37 Draft of ‘Locke and the ethics of belief’, 1978
38 Copy of published version of ‘Why philosophy of science?’, 1979
39 Draft of ‘Our responsibility to the future’, an address given to Geelong Grammar School, 1980
40 Drafts of ‘The limits of government’, written for the ABC Boyer Lectures (including three cassettes), 1981
41 Copy of ‘Quality and equality reconsidered’, 1981
42 Typed draft of ‘Academic freedom and moral responsibility’, 1982
43 Typed final draft of ‘The relevance of history to the philosophy of science’, 1982
44 Draft review of ‘Ecological ethics and politics’ by H. J. McClosky. Later published in The Age, 1983
45 Typed draft of ‘Art and morality’, delivered as the Comte Memorial Lecture to the London School of Economics, 1983
46 Published copy of Passmore’s review in Scientific American of ‘The career of philosophy: from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment’, 1983
47 Draft of ‘The mysterious case of Charles Darwin’, and a letter to Passmore from Margaret Rose, 1983
48 Typed drafts of ‘Why philosophy of science?’ Included in a publication on Hume called Science under scrutiny, 1983; Draft of ‘Academic ethics’ which appeared in the Journal of applied philosophy, 1984
49 Draft of ‘Nature, intellect and culture’, delivered to the World Conference of Philosophy, 1983
50 Published copy of ‘A moral tale’ in the Times higher education supplement, July 1984
51 Two unpublished papers delivered at the Japanese symposium ‘Responsibility to natural sciences – science, man and culture II’. Typed drafts of ‘Morality and the natural environment’ and ‘Ecological issues in the 21st century’, 1984
52 Typed draft of ‘Predictability and some preliminary observations’, 1985
53 Draft of ‘Natural or engineered environment’, delivered at the Environmental Awareness course held by the Institution of Engineers Australia, 1985
54 Typed draft of Recent philosophers, 1985
55-56 Typed draft of ‘Narrative and events’, published in History and theory, 1987
57 Script dialogue for a televised discussion on the BBC program ‘The first philosophers’, 1987
58 Typed draft of ‘Enthusiasm, fanaticism and David Hume’, 1987
59 Draft of article ‘The black paper on government’ published in The Age and The Canberra Times, 1988
60 Drafts of ‘Cultural universals’, including a published Spanish translation, 1988-90
61 Drafts of ‘Enthusiasm and fanaticism’ delivered at the Social Philosophy Conference in Montreal, 1989
62 Preface to the Chinese translation to One hundred years of philosophy; draft of ‘The limits of moral responsibility’ published in Fukushima, 1990
63 Typed draft of ‘Humanism and environmentalism’, published in Free enquiry, 1990; typed clear draft of ‘Environmentalism’, n.d.
64-65 Draft and final copy of ‘Cleverness is not enough’, 1990
66 Drafts of lectures on aesthetics, developing ideas later explored in Passmore’s book Serious art. Lectures include ‘Painting, truth aesthetics and feeling’ and ‘The ontological status of the work of art’, 1990s
67 Drafts of chapter notes of Serious art, n.d.
68 Drafts of synopsis for Serious art; cuttings of reviews by Peter Coleman, Sebastian Gardner and Paul Atroskenko, 1991
69 Drafts of ‘Serious art and autonomy’, published in the Journal of aesthetic education, 1992
70 Rough draft of ‘Modernism and preservation’, 1992
71-72 Typed drafts of ‘The preservationist syndrome’, 1992
73-74 Draft of ‘Europe in the Pacific’; copy of Stephen Frost’s responding paper ‘Broinowski versus Passmore: a dialogue of our times’, 1993
75 Drafts of ‘Reply to my critics’, 1993
76 Drafts of ‘Impressions of Germany’ and a copy of the book Images of Germany in which it later appeared, 1993; drafts of ‘Anti-science’, n.d.
77 Draft and published copy of Worlds apart: Australia 1933 and Australia 1993, 1993
78 Draft of ‘The end of philosophy’, which formed part of the Australian National University public lecture series. Later published in the Australian journal of philosophy, 1994
79 Clear draft of ‘Demarcating philosophy’, 1994
80 Review of The philosophical papers of Alan Donagan, 1994
81 Review for History and theory, 1997; drafts of ‘My intellectual development’ and ‘Nasty, brutish and short’ and copies of articles on education published in The Age, 1997
82 Drafts of ‘Rational economics’, ‘Education and markets’, ‘Economics and morality’ and ‘The need for diversity’. Final versions appeared in The Australian, 1997
83 Drafts of ‘Fanaticism, toleration and philosophy’, delivered at the Tampere conference in Finland, 1998
84 Typed drafts of the introductory chapters to Memoirs of a semi-detached Australian, 1990s
85-89 Typed drafts of chapters 1-4, 6-8 and 10 of Memoirs of a semidetached Australian
90-91 Complete final draft of Memoirs of a semidetached Australian, n.d.
92 Correspondence with the University of Melbourne Press regarding Memoirs of a semi-detached Australian, 1996-97
93 Reviews of Memoirs of a semi-detached Australian, 1997-98
94 Drafts and cuttings of reviews written by Passmore, n.d.
95 Handwritten drafts of two unpublished papers, ‘Mind and body’ and ‘Explanations’, n.d.
96 Handwritten lecture notes on Aristotle, n.d.
97 Handwritten draft of ‘Is there a problem with personal identity’, n.d.
98 Handwritten speech delivered to the Australian Association for Logic, n.d.
99 Typed draft of ‘Philosophy in the last decade’, delivered to the Australian Academy of Humanities, n.d.
100 Typed draft of ‘Hume’s philosophy of belief’, published in G. P.Moriee: David Edinburgh, 1977
101 Typed/handwritten drafts of two unpublished articles, ‘Space and art’ and ‘Philosophy, technology and the quality of life’, n.d.
102 Typed draft of ‘The place of argument in metaphysics’, a revised paper delivered at the Thirteenth International Congress of Philosophy, 1963
103 Typed/handwritten drafts of three unpublished articles, ‘On bad examples’, ‘Balancing’ and ‘The task of secondary schools’, n.d.
104 Handwritten draft of ‘Scientific thinking and the humanities’, n.d.
105-106 Typed copy of ‘Experimenting with life’, delivered to the Forensic Medical Seminar, Sydney, n.d.
107-108 Copies of an addresses on philosophy delivered to undergraduate students at the Australian National University, n.d; typed draft of ‘Historiography of science’, n.d.
109 Draft of ‘Seventeenth-century philosophers of science’, later delivered to scientists at a conference at the Australian National University, n.d.
110 Handwritten draft of an article on Karl Popper, n.d.
111 Handwritten draft of ‘The motion picture as an art form’, n.d.
112 Unpublished lectures on civil justice delivered to the Virginian Institute of Economists, n.d.
113 Handwritten draft of ‘Ethics and social science; typed draft of ‘Laws and inference licences’, n.d.
114 Draft of ‘History and theory in philosophy’, n.d.
115 Draft of ‘Self and others’, n.d.
116 Typed/handwritten drafts of ‘The rebuttal of perception statements’, n.d.
117 Handwritten drafts of two unpublished articles, ‘Ryle’s procedure on the concept of mind’ and ‘The consistency of censors’, n.d.
118 Typed draft of ‘Art and morality’, n.d.
119 Handwritten draft of ‘Theory of science’, n.d.
120 Typed draft of ‘The philosophy of graduate education’, n.d.
121 Typed draft of ‘Scientific thinking: the humanities and education’, n.d.
122-123 Draft and final copy of ‘Australian philosophy or philosophy in Australia?’, n.d.
124 Published copy of ‘Civil justice and its rivals’, n.d.
125 Drafts of ‘Comments on the higher education policy statement’; including ‘Level playing fields’, ‘General and professional education in universities’ and ‘How to become president of a banana republic’, n.d.
126 Handwritten and typed drafts of ‘Descartes’, n.d.
127 Typed draft of ‘The academic and the world at large’, n.d.
128 Handwritten and typed drafts of ‘Hume’, n.d.
129 Notes for papers on John Leslie Mackie and P. H. Partridge, n.d.
130 Typed draft of ‘Man and nature: some ethical problems’, n.d.
131 Draft of ‘The role of scientific method’, n.d.
Added 28.3.2000:
'Dobell and Anderson; contrasting lives', 1999
'Dobell looks at John Anderson', n.d.
ABC talk on Dobell, 1999

Series 7

Reviews, 1948-96

A comprehensive selection of reviews on Passmore’s work. It includes notices for some of Passmore’s most influential works including One hundred years of philosophy, The prefectibility of man and Man’s responsibility to nature.

Folder
1 Miscellaneous reviews, 1945-80
2 Miscellaneous reviews, 1981-92
3 Reviews of One hundred years of philosophy and Hume’s intentions, 1952-54
4-5 Reviews of One hundred years of philosophy, 1957-77
6-7 Reviews of The perfectibility of man, 1970-74
8 Reviews of Man’s responsibility to nature, 1974
9 Reviews of Science and its critics, 1978-79
10 Reviews of Justice, edited by Eugene Kamenka; includes a chapter by Passmore, 1979
11 Reviews of The philosophy of teaching, 1980-83
12 Miscellaneous reviews, 1981-82
13 Reviews of other philosophical works, with reference to Passmore’s writings, 1985
14 Letters to Passmore in response to his lecture ‘Educating for the 21st century’, n.d.

Series 8 Printed Material, 1936-98

This series contains published copies of Passmore’s writings; copies of overseas translations of several books; copies of Nation Review, Quadrant, The Times Literary Supplement, Encounter, Meanjin quarterly, History and theory, the Australian journal of politics and history, Report on the German universities, Journal of philosophy and Free thought (4 boxes)


Series 9 Conferences, 1948-93

This series consists mainly of programs, invitation lists, publications, brochures and copies of speeches from the conferences attended by Passmore throughout his academic career.

Some folders also include correspondence between Passmore and conference organisers, mainly concerned with administrative matters such as scheduling, speech topics and accomodation.

Folder
1 Tenth International Congress of Philosophy, 1948
2-3 Conference programs, 1951-91
4 Humanities seminars on the eighteenth century, 1963, 1970
5 Thirteenth Congress International de filosofia, 1963
6 Theodore Fink Memorial Service in Australian Education, 1965
7 International Congress for logic, methodology and philosophy of science, 1967
8 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia conference, 1971,1977
9-10 Conferences, 1973, 1993
11 World Congress of Philosophy on law and social philosophy, 1975, 1981
12 The World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological research and learning, 1976-78
13 The Language Atlas of the Pacific Area Project, held by the Australian Academy of Humanities, 1973-75
14 The 46th ANZAAS Congress on ‘Science, government and the people, 1975
15-16 Invitations to conferences, 1976-92
17 International Council on the future of the universities, 1977
18 Conference on Passmore’s contribution to philosophy, held at the Australian National University, 1982
19 Environmental Awareness Conference, 1986
20 Various conferences held by the Institut International de Philosophie, 1987-94
21 Hume Society conferences, 1988-91
22 Symposium on the Green paper on higher education, 1988
23 The Ninth Fukushima International Seminar: ‘Ethics of a new age’, 1990
24-25 Alpbach Seminar: ‘We humans, changing perceptions’, 1993

Series 10 Newspaper cuttings, 1951-80s

This series comprises four folders of newspaper cuttings covering highlights of Passmore’s career including the Boyer Lectures and his involvement with the Bertrand Russell Project. A number of the articles cover his position on issues such as the protest movement in the 1960s and the anti-science movement.

Folder
1 Newspaper cuttings on the ABC Boyer Lectures, 1981
2 Interviews, 1957-84
3 Newspaper cuttings from McMaster Courier, ANU reporter, Times higher education supplement and the National Times, 1981-91
4 (folio) Newspaper cuttings, 1950-1980s

Series 11 Photographs, 1960s-80s
Folder
1 Photographs of Passmore; several taken by a photographer from Melbourne University Press, 1980s
2 (folio) Framed photographs of Passmore, Gilbert Ryle and John Anderson during Ryle’s 1956 visit to Australia;
3 (folio) Framed photograph of members of the British Academy, 1967

Series 12 Awards, 1975-93
Folder
1 Correspondence and papers relating to Convocation, McMaster University, 1989
2 Correspondence relating to Passmore receiving the Order of Australia, 1992-93
3-9 (folios) Framed certificates of the British Academy and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; doctorates from the University of Wollongong, University of Sydney, the Australian National University and McMaster University; Order of Australia certificate and program , 1989-93

Series 13

Interviews, 1958-92

Folder
1 Newspaper cuttings of interviews on Passmore, 1958-89
2 3 cassettes of an interview with Passmore conducted by the Oral History Program at the Australian National University, n.d; video recording of an interview with Passmore conducted by the media program at the University of Canberra, 1992

Series 14 Miscellaneous, 1940-90
Folder
1 Copies of study leave reports, n.d.
2 General activities, 1988
3 Resumé detailing Passsmore’s career and publications, 1940-82
4 Passmore’s curriculum vitae to 1987
Passmore's curriculum vitae to Jan. 2000 (Added 28.3.2000)
'Passmore's pessimistic notes' (Added 28.3.2000)
Computer disk containing 28.3.00 Addition
5 Advertisements for several lectures given by Passmore on art and morality, n.d.; copy of a speech by John Kerr with reference to a paper given by Passmore, 1990
6-7 Cuttings, letters, invitiations and programs relating to friends of the Passmore family
8 British passport and ration book
9 List of people to send offprints of various publications to, 1958; 1965-66
10 Copy of Karl Popper’s article ‘Scientific reduction of the essential incompleteness of all science’, 1974
11 (folio) Framed copy of bookplate, 1940s

Box List

Box

Series

Item

1

1

1-9

2

1

10-18

3

1

19-24

4

1

25-31

5

1

32-40

6

1

41-50

7

1

51-59

8

1

60-69

9

1

70-73

9

2

1-4

10

2

5-12

11

2

13-20

12

2

21-28

13

3

1-3

13

4

1-4

14

4

5-11

15

4

12-18

16

4

19-24

17

4

25-30

18

4

31-32

18

5

1-4

19

5

5-12

20

6

1-9

21

6

10-16

22

6

17-25

23

6

26-35

24

6

36-44

25

6

45-52

26

6

53-59

27

6

60-66

28

6

67-74

29

6

75-82

30

6

83-88

31

6

89-92

32

6

93-99

33

6

100-106

34

6

107-113

35

6

114-119

36

6

120-125

37

6

126-130

37

7

1-5

38

7

6-13

39-43

8

Printed materials

44

9

1-5

45

9

6-10

46

9

11-16

47

9

17-22

48

9

23-25

48

10

1-3

48

11

1

49

12

1-2

49

13

1-2

50

14

1-8

51

14

9-10

52 (folio)

3,10,11

3/4, 10/4, 11/2-3

53 (folio)

12

3-5

54 (folio)

12

6-9

55 (folio)

14

11

February 1999
Updated May 2000
Updated September 2000