Guide to the Papers of Willis Doney, 1968 - 2003Manuscript MS-1225

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Willis Doney, 1968 - 2003

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1225

Collection Dates:

1968 - 2003

Size of Collection:

3 boxes (3.75 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Willis Doney (1925-2005), scholar of 17th and 18th-century philosophy and professor emeritus of philosophy at Dartmouth College. Papers consist of writings on Rene Descartes and other philosophers, as well as class material and some correspondence and biographical information.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

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The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Willis Doney contain typescripts of his writings on Descartes, Leibniz, Locke and Spinoza, as well as lecture notes and class materials. A small amount of correspondence, administrative and biographical material is also included.

Biography

Willis Doney was born on August 19, 1925 in Pittsburgh, PA. He received an A.B from Princeton University in 1946, and a Ph.D. in 1949. Doney taught philosophy at Cornell University from 1949-1952 and at the Ohio State University from 1953-1958. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, the University of Edinburgh, and at Harvard University, where he was the George Santayana Fellow in 1956-57. Doney also lectured frequently at the Sorbonne. In 1958, Doney was hired by Dartmouth College as professor of philosophy, a position he held until his retirement in 1994.

Together with his many scholarly articles in journals, Doney wrote, with Vere Chappell, a bibliographic work, "Twenty-five Years of Descartes Scholarship" (1987). He edited three collections of essays: "Descartes: A Collection of Critical Essays" (1967), "Eternal Truths and the Cartesian Circle" (1987), and "Berkeley on Abstraction and Abstract Ideas" (1987). In 1980, he published a translation, with an accompanying introduction, of Malebranche's "Dialogues on Metaphysics."

Doney served on the editorial boards of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and the Cambridge History of 17th-Century Philosophy. He was a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Aristotelian Society, Societe Francaise de Philosophie, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, Les Amis de Spinoza, the International Berkeley Society, and the Leibniz Society.

In 1991, Doney led a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on the philosophy of Descartes, concentrating on Descartes' notions of essence and existence in the formulation of his philosophy. On the occasion of Doney's retirement, a symposium was held in his honor, bringing French and American specialists in 17th and 18th-century philosophy, who discussed aspects of Doney's contributions to the field. Doney died on July 2, 2005.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1969-1990

Writings on Rene Descartes by Willis Doney

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," draft A, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 2, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," corrections and notes on possibility, undated
  • Folder: 3, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," draft B, with church, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 4, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," draft B without Church, undated
  • Folder: 5, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," draft B notes, undated
  • Folder: 6, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," draft C, Hull, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 7, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," draft D, Edinburgh, typescript, photocopy, undated
  • Folder: 8, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," draft E, September 30, 1974
  • Folder: 9, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," passages, abbreviated, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 10, "Descartes' Argument from Omnipotence," finished with church, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 11, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," outline an d abbreviations, 1974
  • Folder: 12, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," introduction 1 A, circa 1974
  • Folder: 13, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," paragraph 2, 3, 4, 1 A, circa 1974
  • Folder: 14, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," outline 1 B , circa 1975
  • Folder: 15, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," paragraph 1, 1 B, circa 1975
  • Folder: 16, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," paragraph 2, I B, circa 1975
  • Folder: 17, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," paragraph 3, 1 B, circa 1975
  • Folder: 18, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," outline and introduction S, , undated
  • Folder: 19, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," part A-D, S, undated
  • Folder: 20, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," footnotes, S, undated
  • Folder: 21, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," temple passages containing A and B, undated
  • Folder: 22, "Descartes' A Priori Proof of the Fifth Dimension," presentation transcript, University of Massachusetts, undated
  • Folder: 23, Book review by Willis Doney: "Descartes, A Study of His Philosophy" by Anthony Kenney, circa 1969
  • Folder: 24, "Curley and Wilson on Descartes," handwritten draft, with correspondence and notes, undated
  • Folder: 25, "Curley and Wilson on Descartes-The Cogito (Wilson)," handwritten draft, undated
  • Folder: 26, "Curley and Wilson on Descartes," draft, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 27, "Curley and Wilson on Descartes," responses and replies to Doney, undated
  • Folder: 28, "Curley," bibliography, photocopy, undated
  • Folder: 29, "La Response de Descartes a Caterus," manuscript and printed version, French and English, circa 1990
  • Folder: 30, "Descartes Triangle in a Square," print out , undated
  • Folder: 31, "Descartes Triangle in a Square," print out, undated
  • Folder: 32, "Doubt and Necessity in Descartes," philosophy 80, circa 1982
  • Folder: 33, "L'Argument De Descartes A Partir De La Toute," typescript, undated
  • Folder: 34, "Descartes Ontological Arguments," typescript, Harvard-Ohio State, undated
  • Folder: 35, "Descartes A Priori Argument," typescript, undated
  • Folder: 36, "Descartes Life and Work," typescript, undated
  • Folder: 37, Descartes bibliography, undated

Box: 2, Dates: 1968-2003

Writings and correspondence on Rene Descartes by Willis Doney

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, "True and Immutable Natures," print out, undated
  • Folder: 2, "Descartes Cogito Sum Rescogitans," draft, typescript, photocopy, 1968
  • Folder: 3, "Descartes' Methodic Doubt, " typescript, 1968
  • Folder: 4, "Descartes' Method," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 5, "Descartes Rule of Truth Circle," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 6, "Rationalism, Empiricism and Scholasticism," introduction, draft, 1968
  • Folder: 7, "Descartes Unresolved Problems," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 8, "Descartes' Existence of God," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 9, "Objection and Replies Within the Fifth Dimension," print out, undated
  • Folder: 10, "Objection and Replies Within the Fifth Dimension," galley proofs, 2003
  • Folder: 11, "Two A Priori Arguments in Meditation V," handwritten, photocopy (1 of 3), undated
  • Folder: 12, "Two A Priori Arguments in Meditation V," handwritten, photocopy (2 of 3), undated
  • Folder: 13, "Two A Priori Arguments in Meditation V," handwritten, photocopy (3 of 3), undated
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence, 1974-1993
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence regarding Nicholas Malebranche, 1981-1991

Box: 3, Dates: 1968-1995

Class materials, lectures correspondence and miscellaneous writings

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Financial: National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990-1991
  • Folder: 2, Class material: Metaphysics, Philosophy 31, 1974-1975
  • Folder: 3, Class material: Review questions for Philosophy 32, 1975-1979
  • Folder: 4, Class material: Medieval Philosophy 13 with correspondence, 1980-1981
  • Folder: 5, Class material: Syllabi for Philosophy 14 and 25, 1980-1993
  • Folder: 6, Class material: Examinations for Philosophy 14 and 25, 1980-1993
  • Folder: 7, Class material: Midterm and final exams for Philosophy 14 and 25, 1980-1994
  • Folder: 8, Class material: Textbook order forms, 1981-1990
  • Folder: 9, Class material: Syllabi and review questions for Philosophy 2, 1987-1990
  • Folder: 10, Class material: Summer Seminar for College Teachers, 1990-1995
  • Folder: 11, Class material: Baker Library reserve desk forms, undated
  • Folder: 12, Class material: Handout for lectures and class notes, undated
  • Folder: 13, Lectures: "Descartes Argument from Omnipotence," transcript, Paris, 2004-2005
  • Folder: 14, Lectures: Notes, undated
  • Folder: 15, Lectures: "True and Immutable Natures," print out, Paris, 2004
  • Folder: 16, Lectures: "On Descartes Reply to Caterus," notes, typescript, reprints, undated
  • Folder: 17, Lectures: "Descartes" A Postiri Proof," handwritten, undated
  • Folder: 18, Lectures: Colloquium on Berkeley, with correspondence and notes, France, 1995
  • Folder: 19, Lectures: "Berkeley's Ideas of Sense," transcript, undated
  • Folder: 20, Lectures: "Berkeley on Continuity and Identity," transcript, undated
  • Folder: 21, Lectures: Rationalism, transcript, undated
  • Folder: 22, Lectures: Berkeley, Edinburgh, transcript with notes, undated
  • Folder: 23, Lectures: Bristol I, transcript, undated
  • Folder: 24, Lectures: Bristol II, transcript, undated
  • Folder: 25, Lectures: Bristol III, transcript, undated
  • Folder: 26, Notes: Harvard University, undated
  • Folder: 27, Biographical material on Willis Doney, C.V.'s, resumes, list of publications Princeton University grade cards, circa 1942-1966
  • Folder: 28, Bibliography: Addenda, 1967-1972
  • Folder: 29, Writings: "Mandelbaum on the History of Philosophy," typescript and journal, 1977
  • Folder: 30, Correspondence with Maurice Mandelbaum, 1977
  • Folder: 31, Writings: On Hume, 1968
  • Folder: 32, Writings: "On Kant's Refutation of the Ontological Argument ," handwritten , undated
  • Folder: 33, Writings: Leibniz 32: "Sufficient Works-Reason and Identity," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 34, Writings: Leibniz 32: "Harmony-Two Labyrinths," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 35, Writings: "Leibniz on the Predication of Being : The Emended Ontological Proof", undated
  • Folder: 36, Writings: Spinoza 32: "Life-Substance/Mode," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 37, Writings: Spinoza 32: "Essence/Attributes," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 38, Writings: Spinoza 32: "Unity of Substance," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 39, Writings: Spinoza 32: "God-Nature; Substance/Attributes/Mode," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 40, Writings: Spinoza 32: "Human Nature," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 41, Writings: On Locke, 1968
  • Folder: 42, Writings: Locke 32: "Origins of Ideas," handwritten, undated
  • Folder: 43, Writings: Locke 32: "Substance and Power," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 44, Writings: "General Terms," draft, 1968
  • Folder: 45, Writings: "Berkeley's argument against abstract ideas," reprint, undated
  • Folder: 46, Writings: Reprints and writings in French, undated
  • Folder: 47 , Notebook with writings in French, undated
  • Folder: 48, Notebook with writings in French, undated

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