Papers of William Henry Walsh (1913-1986)

Scope and Content

The boxes contain folders within which are typescript or photo-copied notes and lectures, and unpublished talks. There is material relating to The zenith of the greats, History, sacred and profane and Linguistic philosophy reconsidered. Other subjects covered include: Plato, for class Logic and Metaphysics II; material for Metaphysics I and II; versions of Metaphysics I; lectures on Descartes; lectures on empiricism; material on Hegel; material on David Hume; material on Vico; material on German philosophy; material on mind and body; material on causality; and, a partial history of philosophy.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Henry Walsh was born in Leeds on 10 December 1913. He was educated at Bradford and Leeds Grammar Schools, and studied at Merton College, Oxford. In 1936 he won a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton, focussing on philosophy. Between 1940 and 1941 Walsh served with the Royal Corps of Signals and then was employed by the Foreign Office, 1941-1945. He returned to Merton in 1946 and specialised in Kant, but then went to Dundee (then part of St. Andrews University) as a Lecturer in Philosophy, 1946-1947. He returned to Merton as a Fellow and Tutor of the College, and Lecturer in the University of Oxford, 1947-1960. In 1960, Walsh was appointed Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Edinburgh University. He retired from Edinburgh in 1979 and returned to Merton as Fellow Emeritus of the College. His publications include Reason and experience (1947), An introduction to philosophy of history (1951), and Metaphysics (1963). Professor William Henry Walsh died 7 April 1986.

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Note that when this record was created any associated photographic/illustrative was unseen.

The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Pompa, L. and Dray, W. H. (eds.). Substance and form in history: a collection of essays in philosophy of history. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1981. (2) Who's who 1968-1969. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1968. (3) University of Edinburgh journal. Vol.32. No.4. December 1986. p.67. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Graduates Association, 1986.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Custodial History

Gift. Deposited by Professor L. Pompa. Retrospective accession from 2001. Accessioned 7 September 2004. Accession no. E2004.23


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