Timothy L. S. Sprigge Archive
Scope and Contents
- - curriculum vitae, life-diary (key events), and unpublished papers including 'What I believe'
- - photographs
- - obituaries
- - letters from philosophers, 1967-2003
- - copy of Ph.D thesis: 'The limits of morals defined'
- - Spinoza - lecture notes - adult education/extra-mural
- - references/works by others on Sprigge
- - reviews of Sprigge's work
- - journals and off-prints
- - William James, including lecture given at Birkbeck
- - Santayana
- - F. H. Bradley
- - Descartes
- - truth
- - ontology
- - philosophy of animal rights, and animal rights
- - idealism
- - semi-popular themes
- - 'The vindication of absolute idealism' - typescript and corrections
- - correspondence - William James; F. H. Bradley
- - material relating to Thomas Aikenhead
- - correspondence, 1960-1998
- - 'Ontology of the past: Whitehead - Santayana
- - Roslin
- - book chapters - The god of Spinoza; Spinozism and religion
- - notebooks - Truth, belief and objectivity; Concept of god
- - assorted notes and correspondence
- - Professor Green and Mr. Grey
- - Spinoza on god and nature
- - conferences - poster for University of Edinburgh 7-9 July 2009. The metaphysics of consciousness. A conference in honour of T.L.S.Sprigge (1932-2007); programme for Philosophical Society of England conference 27 June 2009. Reflections on ethics, religion and metaphysics
- - photographs
- - letters, undated, and 1971-1999
- - assorted papers, one of which is a piece on 'Private languages...'
- - edited chapters of 'The Phenomenology of Thought'
- - unedited manuscript of the 'Thought book', being 'The Phenomenology of Thought', including notes for the main statement, the 'substitution view' which is the central chapter, and the main bulk of the unedited ms
- - disks containing text of the 'Thought book'
- - disks containing text of the 'God book'
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
On 4 April 1959, Sprigge married Giglia Gordon.
In 1961 Sprigge took up a post as a temporary Lecturer in Philosophy at UCL, and later on in the 1960s was a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex where he became Reader in 1970. From 1979 and for the next ten years he held the Chair of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh. Between 1989 and 1997 he was Emeritus Professor at Edinburgh University, and Endowment Fellow. After 1997 he was Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow.
Sprigge was President of the Aristotelian Society, 1991-1992, and in 1993 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His publications include:Facts, words and beliefs(1970),Santayana: an examination of his philosophy(1974),The vindication of absolute idealism(1983),The rational foundations of ethics(1987),James and Bradley: American truth and British reality(1993), and, as Advisory Editor,Metaphysics: the classic readings(2000).
Sprigge's own philosophy combined elements from Spinoza, Hegel, William James, and Francis Herbert Bradley. It 'emphasises the reality of the absolute, the larger unity that binds us together'.
Professor Timothy L. S. Sprigge died aged 75 on 11 July 2007.
- Animal rights |
- Bradley, Professor, Francis Herbert, 1846-1924 (British Idealist Philosopher)
- Descartes, Rene, 1596-1650, French Philosopher, Mathematician, Scientist, Writer
- Idealism | `
- James, William, 1842-1910, Psychologist, Philosopher
- Santayana, George, 1863-1952, Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, Novelist
- Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677, Dutch Philosopher
- Sprigge, Professor, Timothy Lauro Squire, 1932-2007 (Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow)
- Truth |
- Papers of Timothy L. S. Sprigge (1932-2007)