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Guide to the Philosophy Department records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred citation
  • Processing Information
  • Related Material
  • Index Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Philosophy Department records
    Date (inclusive): 1968-1986
    Collection number: USDA_2009_05
    Creator: University of San Diego Philosophy Department
    Extent: 1 box (1 linear foot)
    Repository: University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
    Copley Library
    5998 Alcalá Park
    San Diego, CA 92110
    spcoll@sandiego.edu
    Abstract: The University of San Diego Philosophy Department records include meeting minutes, transcripts of meetings, memoranda, correspondence, and news releases documenting the establishment, growth, and activities of the department. These records document discussions about curriculum, general education requirements, student outlook, and faculty standing. The bulk of these records cover the 1970s and include discussions surrounding the merging of the College for Women and College for Men as well as the changing scope of the Philosophy Department.
    Languages: English

    Historical Note

    The College for Women and College for Men had separate Philosophy Departments until the two colleges were set to merge. The merge proved challenging largely because of the difference in teaching philosophies between College for Men Philosophy Department chairman, Father William Shipley, and the College for Women Philosophy Department chairman, Dr. Richard George. Dr. George believed student should be taught only the perennial philosophy of Aristotle and Aquinas. Father Shipley felt the program should have a historical survey of philosophers and allow students to learn diverse philosophical systems. Shipley was ultimately voted in as the chairman of the newly merged philosophy department in April 1970. While discussion of the role of the Philosophy department continued, Shipley's view were more readily incorporated.
    Dr. John Swanke served as a professor in the Philosophy Department for 25 years beginning in 1968. He served as chairman of the department in 1974.
    The Department of Philosophy continues to cover significant historical periods and major philosophical methods with focus in the study of ethics, values, and morals.

    Scope and Content Note

    The University of San Diego Philosophy Department records include meeting minutes, transcripts of meetings, memoranda, correspondence, and news releases documenting the establishment, growth, and activities of the department. These records document Philosophy Department discussions about curriculum, general education requirements, student outlook, and faculty standing. The bulk of these records cover the 1970s and include discussions surrounding the merging of the College for Women and College for Men as well as the changing scope of the department. Event materials for the National Honor Society in Philosophy, Phi Sigma Tau, are also included. The majority of these records are those of Dr. John Swanke, who served as Chairman of the Philosophy department in 1974, and who served as Philosophy professor at the University of San Diego for 25 years. Correspondence and memoranda associated with Philosophy Professor Father William Shipley are also among these materials.

    Arrangement

    These records consist of one series of Administrative Records. The first few files concern the separate College for Men and College for Women Philosophy Departments and are organized chronologically. The remaining files are organized alphabetically.

    Access Information

    These records are open for research.

    Preferred citation

    [Folder Title], Box # Folder #, Philosophy Department records, Copley Library, University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Tessie Camina in 2009. Additional processing was conducted by Ashley Toutain in 2017. Original order is unknown, but files were left as ordered when found in 2017.

    Related Material

    For more records related to the Philosophy Department, see the Father William Shipley papers.

    Index Terms

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Shipley, William L.
    Swanke, John

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of San Diego
    University of San Diego. College for Men
    San Diego College for Women
    Phi Sigma Tau

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Diego (Calif.)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    philosophy