||The papers of philosopher Gregory Vlastos (1907-1991), a scholar of ancient Greek
philosophy who spent most of his career studying the thought of Plato and Socrates,
document his studies, his writings, and his career as an educator at several American
universities, especially Cornell, Princeton, and The University of California at Berkeley.
The papers are arranged in six series: I. Correspondence and Offprint Files, II. Study,
Lecture, and Teaching Files, III. Works, IV. Works by Others, V. Miscellaneous, and
VI. Offprints Removed from Manuscripts.
||The Correspondence and Offprint Files (35 boxes) in Series I. represent Vlastos' extensive
correspondence with other philosophers, classicists, former students, academics, and
others. The files are arranged alphabetically by correspondent name, and generally
include not only letters received, but copies of Vlastos' responses. Many of the letters
contain significant debates on philosophical and scholarly issues, including commentary
on classical texts. Among the correspondents are Julia Annas, Richard B. Brandt, Hector-Neri
Castañeda, Harold Cherniss, Alan Code, Donald Davidson, Gail J. Fine, Dorothea Frede,
Kurt von Fritz, Gilbert H. Harman, Carl G. Hempel, Terence H. Irwin, Jonathan Lear,
Anthony A. Long, Jürgen Mittelstrass, Alexander P. D. Mourelatos, Amélie Rorty, Richard
Rorty, John R. Searle, W. J. Verdenius, and many others. Offprints received with incoming
letters were kept with the relevant file if they were annotated by Vlastos or otherwise
provided useful context. All other offprints were separated to Series VI., Offprints
Removed from Manuscripts.
||Series II. Study, Lecture, and Teaching Files (20 boxes) contains Vlastos' files for
classes, presentations, and his extensive working files of study notes. The files
are arranged alphabetically, chiefly by subject. Topics include his primary interests
in the pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, ethics, social philosophy, and politics, as
well as his explorations into other subjects such as Homer, Sophocles, Thucydides,
Aristotle, Plotinus, Kant, and Marx. Many of the study files show Vlastos' working
method: notes taken from careful reading of texts and secondary sources assembled
together with draft writings sent to colleagues for comments, exchanges of correspondence
with colleagues, and his subsequent revisions to the drafts. Most of the lecture and
teaching files date from Cornell and Princeton, but there are also notes and related
materials created for his summer seminars for college teachers at Berkeley.
||Manuscripts of articles and books written or edited by Vlastos make up Series III.
Works (17 boxes); they are arranged alphabetically by title. This series is dominated
by materials for the highly acclaimed Socrates, Ironist and Moral Philosopher (1991) and its posthumously published sequel, Socratic Studies (edited by Myles Burnyeat, 1994). The manuscripts are sometimes accompanied by notes
and research (sometimes overlapping with materials in Series II.) as well as correspondence
||Series IV. Works by Others (4 boxes), contains manuscripts of works by colleagues
or students sent to Vlastos for his review. These files are arranged alphabetically
by creator of the work. Frequently included with these are comments by Vlastos, either
in the form of annotations on the manuscripts themselves, or written on separate sheets.
||A small group of miscellaneous files, arranged alphabetically by title, makes up Series
V. Miscellaneous (1 box). Among these are an address files, a commonplace book, royalty
statements and related correspondence.
||Series VI. Offprints Removed from Manuscripts (23 boxes), holds the offprints without
annotations or meaningful context that were removed from correspondence sent to Vlastos.
The offprints are arranged alphabetically by author, and subsequently by title when
multiple titles are present for a single author.
||A detailed Index of Names and Subjects is provided at the end of this finding aid
to facilitate more detailed access to the contents of the Vlastos Papers.
||For further information, see:
||Mourelatos, Alexander P. D. "The Gregory Vlastos Archive at the Harry Ransom Center
of The University of Texas at Austin," International Philosophical Inquiry, Vol. 40, No. 1-2 (Winter-Spring 2016): 113-125.