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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP171
WINCH, Professor Peter Guy (1926-1997)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
39 boxes or 4.3 linear metres


Name of creator(s)

WINCH, Professor Peter Guy (1926-1997)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1926; read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, -1949; took the Oxford BPhil degree; Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University College, Swansea, 1951-1964; Reader in Philosophy, Birkbeck College, London, 1964-1976; Professor of Philosophy, King's College London, 1976-1984; Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1984-1997; died, 1997.Publications: The Idea of a Social Science and its Relation to Philosophy (1958) Ethics and Action (1975) Trying to Make Sense (1987)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from Professor Christopher Winch Jan 2008.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Prof Peter Guy Winch, 1936-1996, including professional correspondence; teaching notes; lecture notes and handouts; draft and proofs of articles by Winch; proof copy of The Idea of Social Science and its Relation to Philosophy, 2nd edition; papers relating to the University of Swansea including minutes of departmental meetings, 1984; papers relating to Winch's time at King's College London including papers relating to publication of Winch's Ethics and Action, 1971-1972 and Winch's inaugural lecture for the Chair of Philosophy, 1968; papers, lecture notes, correspondence, handouts and student work relating to teaching at University of Illinois, 1990-1996 and research notes on topics including social science, ethics, Ludwig Wittgenstein, logic, Baruch Spinoza, epistemology and political philosophy.

System of arrangement

Original order.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.Physical characteristics:

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Box list.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Papers of Fred Kormis (Ref: K/PP26).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Obituary: The Independent (London), Jun 3, 1997 by Anthony Palmer.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Nov 2008.

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  • Higher education institutions
  • Humanities education
  • Logic
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy education
  • Political philosophy
  • Political science
  • Social science education
  • Universities

Personal names

  • Spinoza, Baruch, 1632-1677, Dutch-Jewish Philosopher x Spinoza Benedict De
  • Winch, Peter Guy, 1926-1997, Philosopher
  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig Josef Johann, 1889-1951, Austrian Philosopher

Corporate names

  • King's College London
  • University of Swansea

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