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Richard Rudner Papers

Identifier: WUA-03-wua00258

Rudner’s papers, which reveal his passions for the philosophy of science and aesthetics as well as social consciousness, are comprised of four series housed in three boxes as detailed below.


  • 1958-1975


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Conditions Governing Use

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3 linear feet

3 boxes

Biographical Information

Richard Rudner (1921-1979) was a noted philosopher and professor at Washington University from 1949 to 1952 and 1963 to 1971. His other academic appointments include posts at the University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, Swarthmore College, Michigan State University, Kings College at Cambridge University, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of California at San Diego.

Before beginning his career, Rudner obtained his undergraduate degree from Queens College and soon after received his Master’s and PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

While at Washington University, Rudner was a professor of philosophy as well as a chairman of the department of philosophy. Throughout his career, he received numerous honors and grants for his research and writing. He was also editor-in-chief of the journal Philosophy of Science from 1959 to 1975.


This collection is divided into four series:

Series 1: Personal and Professional Biography (one folder)

Series 2: Correspondence (arranged alphabetically by last name or subject)

Series 3: Publications (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Series 4: Class Notes and Syllabi (arranged by class number)

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by Martha (Mrs. Richard S.) Rudner on October 9, 1979.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Wilson in August 2002. Updated by Sarah Pabarcus in January 2006.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 August 18: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495