Papers of Professor Alan Richard White

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of manuscripts and typescripts

Administrative / Biographical History

Alan Richard White was born in 1922 in Toronto of Irish parents and was educated at Middleton College and Presentation College, Cork, and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained a double first in Classics and Philosophy and combined a Boxing Pink with Presidency of the University Philosophical Society. He was deputy lecturer there in 1945/46.

In 1946 he was appointed assistant lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hull, when the staff of the department consisted solely of Professor T E Jessop and himself. He became Professor of Philosophy at Hull in 1961, a post which he retained until his retirement in 1989. He was also Dean of Arts 1969-1971 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor 1976-1979, Visiting Professor at a number of American universities and President of the Mind Association 1972 and of the Aristotelian Society 1979/80.

His first major publication was G E Moore, 1958, to be followed by Attention in 1964, The philosophy of mind 1967, Truth 1970, Modal thinking 1975, The nature of knowledge 1982, Rights 1984, Grounds of liability 1985, Methods of metaphysics 1987, The language of imagination 1990 and Misleading cases 1991. His work was characterised by a meticulous study of the working of language which led to his interest in the philosophy of law, shown in some of his later works. He retired to Nottingham, where he had been appointed Special Professor in 1986, and he died in 1992.

Arrangement

U DAW/1 Manuscripts and typescripts of philosophical

works, circa 1945-1992

U DAW/2 Miscellaneous, 1960-1991

U DAW/3 Published works, 1952-1992

Conditions Governing Access

Access will be granted to any accredited reader. U DAW/2/6-7 contain personal sensitive information and are not available for public inspection for 75 years. This is in accordance with Section 1 (Principles 1,2 and 7) of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Conditions Governing Use

Enid White

Custodial History

Donated by Mrs Enid White on 22 April 1992