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Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. Papers

UPT 50 S617

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Creator:
Singer, Edgar A., (Edgar Arthur), 1873-1955
Title:
Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. Papers
Date [bulk]:
1889-1955
Date [inclusive]:
1875-1995
Call Number:
UPT 50 S617
Extent:
5.25 Cubic feet
Language:
English
ABSTRACT:
The Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. Papers documents the career and life of University of Pennsylvania Professor of Philosophy Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. The collection consists primarily of lecture materials, addresses, and copies of publications – particularly material on his final work Experience and Reflection.
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Biography/History

Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. was born on November 13, 1873 in Philadelphia, PA to Edgar Arthur Singer, Associate Superintendent of Schools in the Philadelphia Public School, and Sarah Elizabeth Phillips. Edgar grew up in the Frankford neighborhood of the city, and attended the Manual Training High School graduating in 1889. Singer attended the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained his B.S. in Engineering in 1892 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1894. Following graduation he received a postgraduate fellowship to study under William James at Harvard University.

In 1896 Singer returned to the University of Pennsylvania to accept the position of Senior Fellow in the Philosophy Department. Singer’s academic career was interrupted briefly when he served as a sergeant in the First Volunteer Regiment of Engineers during the Spanish-American War. He would remain at Penn for his entire career, rising from Instructor in Philosophy in 1898 to the Adam Seybert Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy in 1929, and eventually Emeritus Professor in 1944. Singer’s main emphasis was the theory of evidence, and the methods by which it related to a problem; something he termed empirical idealism. Throughout his career he was a noted lecturer, and authored numerous works on philosophy. He was a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Philosophical Association. His last work was Experience and Reflections, which was edited by his former student C. West Churchman and published posthumously.

Singer married Helen Bunker on July 5, 1905. Together they had two children, Edgar Arthur III who was born in 1908, and Richard Bunker Singer who was born in 1914. The family resided in West Philadelphia on Chester Avenue – a short walk from the University. Helen Singer passed away in 1953, and Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. died on April 13, 1955.

Scope and Contents

The Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. Papers documents the career and life of University of Pennsylvania Professor of Philosophy Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. The collection consists primarily of lecture materials, addresses, and copies of publications – particularly material on his final work Experience and Reflection. There are also documents related to Singer’s personal life and education.

ARRANGEMENT

The Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. Papers are arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center,  June 2012

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Joseph-James Ahern

Access Restrictions

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Centers.

PROVENANCE

The Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. Papers were acquired in two accessions. The first in November 1988 from his son, Richard B. Singer (1988:07); with the second arriving as part of the Richard B. Singer Papers in May 2011 (2011:25).

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Lecture notes.
Personal Name(s)
  • James, William, 1842-1910
Subject(s)
  • Education--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.

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Collection Inventory

General file.

Box Folder

Ackoff, Russel L., 1946 1948.

1 1

Acton Foundation, n.d.

1 2

Address to Class Entering Fine-Arts, n.d.

1 3

Address to the Art Alliance, Philadelphia, n.d.

1 4

Addresses, 1898-1900.

1 5

Addresses, 1900-1903.

1 6

Addresses - Untitled, n.d.

1 7

Addresses to Hebrew Students' League, 1900.

1 8

Afterthoughts On the Contented Life, 1940.

1 9

American Philosophical Society, 1927-1930.

1 10

Baptismal Certificate, 1885.

1 11

Bass, Robert, 1946.

1 12

Beal, Fred W., n.d.

1 13

Beyond Mechanism and Vitalism, 1934-1935.

1 14

Biser, Irwin, "A General Schema for Natural Systems", 1938.

1 15

Bolero, Rita, 1929.

1 16

Bookreview: Richtie, A. D., "Scientific Method: An Inquiry into the Character and Validity of Natural Laws", 1923.

1 17

Bound Pamphlets of Interest, 1887-1897.

1 18

Burkart, Anna D., n.d.

1 19

Bush, W. T., n.d.

1 20

Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1925.

1 21

Cena Delle Ceneri , dual. 1., n.d.

1 22

Central Manual Training School Photographs, 1889-1948.

1 23

Central Manual Training School Reunion Correspondence, 1948.

1 24

Central Manual Training School Reunion Memorabilia, 1890 1948.

1 25

Churchman, C. West, 1948.

1 26

Churchman, C. West and Russel L. Ackoff, 1949.

1 27

College Thesis, "Mathematics of Skew Arches", 1892.

1 28

Concerning Introspection: A Reply, 1925.

1 29

Concerning One of Mr. Russell's Paradoxes, n.d.

1 30

Concerning the Artist's Career, n.d.

1 31

Concerning the Development of Faculty Personnel Appendix A, 1932.

1 32

Concerning the Development of Faculty Personnel Report, n.d.

1 33

Confessio Philosophi, n.d.

1 34

Content of Education, Considered Historically - manuscript, n.d.

1 35

Correspondence, 1930.

1 36

Correspondence Unidentified, 1924-1940.

1 37

Course Material on Logic (1), n.d.

1 38

Course Material on Logic (2), n.d.

1 39

Course Material on Logic (3), n.d.

1 40

Cowan, Thomas A., 1951.

1 41

Danner, Edwin R., 1949.

2 1

Death, 1955-1973.

2 2

Death of the Western World, n.d.

2 3

Development of Science - Lectures to Juniors, University of Pennsylvania (1), 1900-1901.

2 4

Development of Science - Lectures to Juniors, University of Pennsylvania (2), 1900-1901.

2 5

Development of Science - Lectures to Juniors, University of Pennsylvania (3), 1900-1901.

2 6

Doolittle, Eric, 1908.

2 7

Drawing - Island of Lipari Italy, 1931.

2 8

Edwards, Anne C. F., 1928.

2 9

Empiricism of William James, n.d.

2 10

Esthetic and the Rational Ideal (Abridged), 1932.

2 11
Experience and Reflection.
Box Folder

Chapters 6 - 10 Tentative Revisions, n.d.

2 12

Chapter 8, n.d.

2 13

Chapters 8 - 10, n.d.

2 14

Chapter 12, n.d.

2 15

Chapter 14, n.d.

2 16

Chapters 19 - 21, n.d.

2 17

Chapters 22 - 24, n.d.

2 18

Chapter Fragments, n.d.

2 19

Earlier Studies, n.d.

2 20

Early Drafts and Fragments (1), n.d.

2 21

Early Drafts and Fragments (2), n.d.

2 22

Early Drafts and Fragments (3), n.d.

2 23

Early Drafts and Fragments (4), n.d.

2 24

Early Drafts and Fragments (5), n.d.

2 25

Early Drafts and Fragments (6), n.d.

2 26

Later Studies, n.d.

2 27

Miscellaneous Copies and Fragments, n.d.

2 28

Miscellaneous Fragments, 1955.

2 29

Part II The Mechanical Ideal, n.d.

2 30

Part III Final Copies, 1954.

3 1

Part III Teleology Original Version, n.d.

3 2

Part IV Life, n.d.

3 3

Part V Consciousness, n.d.

3 4

Part VI Truth and Error, n.d.

3 5

Publication, 1954-1995.

3 6
Box Folder

Fernberger, Samuel W., 1921.

3 7

Finch, Henry, n.d.

3 8

Fool's Advice / Mastery and Service, n.d.

3 9

Frankford Library Stock, 1877.

3 10

Franklin J. Matchette Foundation, 1946.

3 11

Genealogical Information, 1921.

3 12

George Stuart Fullerton, 1925-1929.

3 13

George Vth, 1918.

3 14

German Idealism Lectures, "Historic Chapters", 1896-1898.

3 15

Giordano Bruno, 1914-1915.

3 16

Graduate School Papers - Harvard University, 1894.

3 17

Great Case Proved, 1945.

3 18

Henry Holt and Company, 1923-1936.

3 19

History of Foundations of Geometry, 1900.

3 20

Introduction to a Study of Contemporary Italian Fiction, n.d.

3 21

Invitations, 1891-1928.

3 22

Isolation or Cooperation, 1946.

3 23

James, William, 1896.

3 24

John Locke, 1933.

3 25

Kallen, H. M., "Freedom and the Artist", n.d.

3 26

Kelly, Maude M., 1928-1929.

3 27

King of Paris, n.d.

3 28

Les Deux Sources de la Morale et de la Religion, 1932.

3 29

Lienau, C. C., 1950.

3 30

Lincoln, George William, 1912.

3 31

Logic and the Relation of Life to Mechanism, 1925.

3 32

Logic and the Relations of Function to Mechanism, 1930.

3 33

Logico-Historical Study of Mechanism, Vitalism, Naturalism, 1940.

3 34

Longwell, Horace Craig, "Theory of Mind of Roger Bacon" annotated, n.d.

3 35

Lovejoy, Arthur O., 1924-1925.

3 36

Manual Training School, 1893.

3 37

Manuscripts Untitled, n.d.

3 38

Mechanism, Vitalism, Naturalism: A Logico-Historical Study, 1946.

3 39

Minas, J. Sayer, 1948.

3 40

Miscellaneous, 1880-1944.

3 41

Miscellaneous Notes and Quotations (1), 1913-1924.

3 42

Miscellaneous Notes and Quotations (2), 1913-1924.

3 43

Miscellaneous Notes on Various Subjects, n.d.

3 44

Modern Thinkers and Present Problems, n.d.

3 45

Monasticism of Mr. Knox, 1915.

3 46

Moore, R. L., 1913.

3 47

Newbold Memorial Meeting Address, 1927.

4 1

Newbold, William Romaine translation of Poemander, n.d.

4 2

Newbold, William Romaine, "Prolegomenna to a Theory of Belief" annotated, 1891.

4 3

Note on Bruno, n.d.

4 4

Notes on Individual Philosophers (1), n.d.

4 5

Notes on Individual Philosophers (2), n.d.

4 6

Notes on Individual Philosophers (3), n.d.

4 7

Notes on Math Course, Theory of Functions, 1896.

4 8

Of College Spirit and Other Spirits, n.d.

4 9

On a Definition of Consciousness, 1928.

4 10

On a Possible Science of Religion, 1929-1931.

4 11

On Consciousness, n.d.

4 12

On Sensibility, 1917.

4 13

On Spontaneity - Manuscript, n.d.

4 14

On the Contented Life, 1933-1934.

4 15

On the Contented Life: A Footnote, 1937-1939.

4 16

On the Power of Art - Address to Alumni Graduate School, Universitiy of Pennsylvania, 1944.

4 17

Papers - Foolscap, n.d.

4 18

Papers Read, 1902.

4 19

Papers, "Concerning Patriotism" and Seven Others, n.d.

4 20

Passport, 1930.

4 21

Pennsylvania - Department of Health, 1930.

4 22

Ph.D. thesis, "On the Composite Nature of Consciousness", 1894.

4 23

Philadelphia - Bureau of Surveys, 1892.

4 24

Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 1928.

4 25

Philosophy of Experiment, 1929-1930.

4 26

Philosophy of Science -Projected Work in Five Parts (1), 1898.

4 27

Philosophy of Science -Projected Work in Five Parts (2), 1898.

4 28

Photographs (1), 1875-1941.

4 29

Photographs (2), 1875-1941.

4 30

Pi Mu Epsilon, 1926.

4 31

Postgraduate Papers - Harvard University, 1894-1895.

5 1

Progress, 1919-1920.

5 2

Projected Articles, Essays, and Lectures, n.d.

5 3

Reference Cards (1), n.d.

5 4

Reference Cards (2), n.d.

5 5

Reference Cards (3), n.d.

5 6

Reference Cards (4), n.d.

5 7

Reference Cards (5), n.d.

5 8

Reference Cards (6), n.d.

5 9

Reflections of a Curriculum Committeeman, n.d.

5 10

Reprints, 1898-1915.

5 11

Reprints, 1917-1925.

5 12

Reprints, 1926-1932.

5 13

Reprints, 1933-1946.

5 14

Reviews of Singer's Books (1), 1924-1949.

5 15

Reviews of Singer's Books (2), 1924-1949.

5 16

Safford, F. H., 1909.

5 17

School Papers Manual Training High School, Philadelphia, pre 1889.

5 18

Second Lecture on Progress - Fragment, n.d.

5 19

Sensation and the Datum of Science, 1898.

5 20

Singer, Edgar Arthur and Sarah Elizabeth Singer Correspondence, 1889.

5 21

Singer, Helen, 1937-1938.

5 22

Singer, Sarah Elizabeth, 1889.

5 23

Singer, Walter T. Manuscripts, 1900-1920.

5 24

Songs of Pennsylvania, 1912.

5 25

Strength of Gentle Lives, 1940.

5 26

Swanson, Harvey, 1939.

5 27

Synopsis Philosophy 5 University of Pennsylvania, 1935-1940.

5 28

Thoughts on a Translation of Schelling's Weltalter: a Review Article, 1943.

5 29

Three Independent Variables in Morals, n.d.

5 30

To The Forum, in Response to Request for Contribution to a "Symposium", 1930.

5 31

U. S. Army Travel Orders, 1898.

5 32

University Club Library, 1935.

5 33
University of Pennsylvania.
Box Folder

1889-1944.

5 34

Medal, 1940.

5 35

Papers, 1889-1892.

5 36

Record, 1892.

6 1

Speeches, 1891-1892.

6 2
Box Folder

Untitled Incomplete Work on Logic, n.d.

6 3

Virgil and Three Magicians, 1930.

6 4

William James: What Makes a Life Significant, n.d.

6 5

Wright, Joan, 1952.

6 6

Writings on Logic, Professor Singer's Syllabus, untitled 12-page fragment, n.d.

6 7