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Papers of Jack Smart, 1951-1996 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1357735
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Smart, J. J. C. (John Jamieson Carswell), 1920-2012
 
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Description [1951-1996] 
0.75 m. (5 boxes) 
Summary

The papers in MS 7740 consist predominantly of correspondence between Smart and philosophers in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, North America, Europe and Asia. Most of the letters discuss philosophical questions, but some deal with practical matters, such as publications, conferences and travel. The correspondents include David Armstrong, W.V. Quine, David Lewis, Donald Davidson, John Leslie, Antony Flew, Gilbert Ryle and R.M. Hare. In addition to the letters, there are some unpublished lectures and other writings by Smart (5 boxes).

Biography/History

Academic and philosopher. John Jamieson Carswell Smart was born in Cambridge, England, in 1920 and educated at The Leys School (Cambridge), Glasgow University and the University of Oxford. Smart served in the British Army, mainly in India and Burma, during the Second World War. He was a Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before being appointed Hughes Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide in 1950. He held this position until 1972, when he moved to La Trobe University as a Reader in Philosophy.

In 1976 he was appointed Professor of Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. He retired in 1986, but continued to work at the Australian National University until 1999. During his career he held visiting professorships at several universities including Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Stanford. He was the author of books on such topics as ethics and the relationship between science and philosophy. Smart was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and, in 1990, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). Smart died in Melbourne in October 2012.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 7740.

Related Material Jack Smart interviewed by Stein Helgeby; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 6163. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms7740 
Subjects Smart, J. J. C. (John Jamieson Carswell), 1920-2012 -- Archives.  |  Smart, J. J. C. (John Jamieson Carswell), 1920-2012 -- Correspondence.  |  Australian National University. Department of Philosophy -- Employees -- Archives.  |  Philosophers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Philosophers -- Australia -- Correspondence.  |  College teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Philosophy -- Australia.  |  Ethics.
Time Coverage 1951-1996 
Occupation Philosophers.  |  Authors.  |  Academics.
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