Records of the Scots Philosophical Club

Scope and Content

Minutes 1900-1924, 1924-1953; 11 boxes of editorial papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded in 1901, the Scots Philosophical Club is the professional association of philosophers in Scotland. Its primary purpose is to promote the study and teaching of philosophy in Scotland. This is achieved through the organization of a twice-yearly Meeting, the sponsorship of conferences, the provision of fellowships, and various other activities, most of which are described below. The Club is also the joint owner of The Philosophical Quarterly and The Journal of Scottish Philosophy.

All members of academic staff of the philosophy departments of Scottish universities belong to the Club automatically (unless they resign), and continue their membership after they have retired. Members of other academic departments who teach philosophy are also eligible for membership; there are further categories of honorary and associate membership. Postgraduate students in the Scottish philosophy departments are encouraged to attend the Club's meetings.

Access Information

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted. Special conditions apply to photographs.

Acquisition Information

Records were deposited in the Library in 1961 on permanent loan by the Secretary of the Club.


Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project.

Other Finding Aids

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Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

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