||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,
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
arranged in six series: I. Correspondence and Offprint Files, II. Study, Lecture,
Teaching Files, III. Works, IV. Works by Others, V. Miscellaneous, and VI. Offprints
||The Correspondence and Offprint Files (35 boxes) in Series I. represent Vlastos' extensive
correspondence with other philosophers, classicists, former students, academics, and
The files are arranged alphabetically by correspondent name, and generally include
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,
Cherniss, Alan Code, Donald Davidson, Gail J. Fine, Dorothea Frede, Kurt von Fritz,
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,
Verdenius, and many others. Offprints received with incoming letters were kept with
relevant file if they were annotated by Vlastos or otherwise provided useful context.
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
arranged alphabetically, chiefly by subject. Topics include his primary interests
pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, ethics, social philosophy, and politics, as well as
explorations into other subjects such as Homer, Sophocles, Thucydides, Aristotle,
Kant, and Marx. Many of the study files show Vlastos' working method: notes taken
careful reading of texts and secondary sources assembled together with draft writings
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
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.
(17 boxes); they are arranged alphabetically by title. This series is dominated by
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
Series II.) as well as correspondence and reviews.
||Series IV. Works by Others (4 boxes), contains manuscripts of works by colleagues
students sent to Vlastos for his review. These files are arranged alphabetically by
of the work. Frequently included with these are comments by Vlastos, either in the
annotations on the manuscripts themselves, or written on separate sheets.
||A small group of miscellaneous files, arranged alphabetically by title, makes up Series
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.
offprints are arranged alphabetically by author, and subsequently by title when multiple
titles are present for a single author.
||Note: An Index of Names and Subjects is provided at the end of this finding aid to
detailed access to the contents of the Vlastos Papers. Surveying the Index first is
recommended to a gain quicker understanding of the subject content especially.
||For further information, see:
||Mourelatos, Alexander P. D. "The Gregory Vlastos Archive at the Harry Ransom Center
University of Texas at Austin," Philosophical Inquiry, Vol. 40,
No. 1-2 (Winter-Spring 2016): 113-125.