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Judith Jarvis Thomson papers

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Identifier: MC-0529

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of notes, syllabi, and other teaching materials for courses taught by Thomson in a wide spectrum of philosophical disciplines, including ethics, epistemology, history of philosophy, and theory of knowledge. Also included in the collection are articles and book reviews written by Thomson between 1957 and 1998. Abortion, causality, rights, and self-defense are among the many topics covered.


  • Creation: 1957 - 1998


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Judith Jarvis Thomson joined the philosophy faculty at MIT in 1964 as an associate professor and became professor of philosophy in 1969. She received the BA from Barnard College in 1950. She earned a second BA from Cambridge University in 1952, the MA from Cambridge in 1956, and the PhD from Columbia University in 1959. At Barnard she was lecturer from 1956 to 1962, instructor from 1959 to 1960, and assistant professor from 1960 to 1962. She served as assistant professor at Boston University from 1963 to 1964.


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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Judith Jarvis Thomson
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