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James Welton Cornman Papers
1962-1978

UPT 50 C818

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Prepared by Timothy H. Horning

August 2014

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PROVENANCE

The James Welton Cornman Papers were donated to the University Archives by Gary Hatfield of the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 (accession number 1997: 57). 

 

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ARRANGEMENT

The James Welton Cornman Papers are organized into four series: Lectures and Syllabi, Writings, Notes and Research, and Correspondence. Each series is arranged alphabetically, with the exception of the correspondence, which is arranged chronologically. 

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

James Welton Cornman was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania from 1967 to 1978. He was born on August 16, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania in 1947, he studied mechanical engineering at Dartmouth University until 1950. He withdrew at that time to take an executive training position with the Collins and Aikman Corporation, a textile company. He returned to Dartmouth in 1954 to study philosophy, and earned a B.A. in that subject in 1956. He then earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University in 1957 and 1960, respectively. 

Cornman taught at Ohio State University as an Instructor of Philosophy from 1960 to 1963 and at the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy from 1963 to 1965 and Associate Professor of Philosophy from 1965 to 1967. He joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1967 as an Associate Professor of Philosophy. He became Professor of Philosophy in 1969 and served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy from 1970 to 1972. 

A frequent contributor of articles to scholarly journals, Cornman also authored four books: Metaphysics, Reference and Language (1966), Materialism and Sensations (1971), Perception, Common Sense and Science (1975), and Skepticism, Justification and Explanation (1980), which was published posthumously. He also co-authored a textbook, Philosophical Problems and Arguments: An Introduction (1968) with Keith Lehrer. 

James Welton Cornman was tragically killed in an automobile accident on May 31, 1978. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Pedrotty Cornman, and their four daughters, Deborah, Julie, Diane, and Elizabeth. 

 

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SCOPE and CONTENT

The James Welton Cornman papers document Cornman's professional life as a Professor of Philosophy, mostly dating to his tenure at the University of Pennsylvania from 1968 to 1978. This documentation consists of lectures and syllabi, drafts of books and articles he wrote, research and other notes taken on philosophical subjects, and a small amount of correspondence of a professional nature. 

 

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CONTROLLED ACCESS HEADINGS

Subject(s)

  • Philosophy--Study and teaching--United States.

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INVENTORY

 

Lectures and Syllabi 

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University of Pennsylvania 

Philosophy 1: Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy 1970-1978 

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Philosophy 5: Formal Logic Spring 1976 

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Philosophy 21: Introduction to Political Philosophy Spring 1969 

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Philosophy 73: Contemporary Ethical Theory Fall 1976 

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Philosophy 273: The Justification of an Ethical Standard Fall 1972 

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Philosophy 276: Political Philosophy Fall 1973 

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Philosophy 331: Skepticism and the Foundations of Justification Fall 1975, Spring 1976 

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Philosophy 342: Perception and the External World Fall 1971 

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Philosophy 342: Perception and the External World Spring 1972 

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Philosophy 342: Perception and the External World Spring 1974 

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Philosophy 342: Perception and the External World Fall 1977 

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Philosophy 345: Philosophy of the Mind Spring 1977 

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Philosophy 651: Instrumentalism, Truth and Realism Spring 1970 

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Philosophy 651: An Argument for One Form of Direct Realism Fall 1971, Spring 1973 

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Philosophy 651: Epistemological Skepticism Spring 1972 

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Philosophy 651: Current Arguments for or Against Mind-Body Identity Fall 1973 

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Philosophy 651: The Nature and Foundations of Knowledge Spring 1974 

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Philosophy 651: On the Justification of Induction Fall 1975 (1) 

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Philosophy 651: On the Justification of Induction Fall 1975 (2) 

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Philosophy 651: Foundational vs. Nonfoundational Theories of Empirical Justification Spring 1976 

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Philosophy 651: On Methodological Naturalism Fall 1976 

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Philosophy 651: Skepticism, Justification and, Explanation Fall 1977 

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Miscellaneous 1968-1969 

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Other 

Arts Survey 605 1958-1962 

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Arts Survey 605 1962 

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Philosophy 104 1963-1965 

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Philosophy 211 1965-1967 

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Philosophy 310 1965-1967 

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Philosophy 350 1963 

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Philosophy 552 1961-1963 

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Philosophy 558 Fall 1966 

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Writings 

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Berkeley on Sensations: Sensory Ideas Versus Sensings 1975 

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Chilsholm on Sensing and Perceiving 1974-1975 

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Craig's Theorem, Ramsey-Sentences, and Scientific Instrumentalism 1970-1971 

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Epistemological Skepticism 1971 

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Foundational Versus Nonfoundational Theories of Empirical Justification 1975-1976 

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In Search of Criteria for Identity and Difference 1974-1975 

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Introduction to Epistemological Skepticism: Chapter One 1976 

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Introduction to Epistemological Skepticism: Chapter Two 1976 

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Introduction to Epistemological Skepticism: Chapter Three 1976 

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Introduction to Epistemological Skepticism: Chapters Four and Five 1976 

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Introduction to Epistemological Skepticism: Chapter Six 1976 

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Introduction to Epistemological Skepticism: Chapter Seven 1976 

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Introduction to Epistemological Skepticism: Chapter Eight 1976 

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Introduction to Epistemological Skepticism: Chapters Nine and Ten 1976 

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Materialism and Sensations: Introduction c. 1971 

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Materialism and Sensations: Chapter One c. 1971 

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Materialism and Sensations: Chapter Two c. 1971 

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Materialism and Sensations: Chapter Three c. 1971 

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Materialism and Sensations: Chapter Four c. 1971 

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Materialism and Sensations: Chapter Five c. 1971 

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Materialism and Sensations: Chapter Six c. 1971 

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Materialism and Sensations: Chapter Seven c. 1971 

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Materialism and Sensations: Summary and Concluding Remarks c. 1971 

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Materialism and Sensations: Appendix c. 1971 

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Mind-Body Identity: Cross-Categorial or Not? 1976-1977 

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Might a Tooth Ache but there be no Toothache? 1975-1976 

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Naturalism and Ethics: Introduction and Chapter One n.d. 

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Naturalism and Ethics: Chapter Two n.d. 

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Naturalism and Ethics: Chapter Three n.d. 

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A Non-Reductive Identity Thesis About Mind and Body (1) 1976-1977 

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A Non-Reductive Identity Thesis About Mind and Body (2) 1976-1977 

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Observing and What It Entails 1970 

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On Acceptability Without Certainty 1975-1976 

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On the Certainty of Reports About What is Given 1975-1976 

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On Epistemological Skepticism c. 1975 

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On Justifying Nonbasic Statements by Basic-Reports 1977 

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On Knowing and Being Justified in Believing One Knows (1) 1974-1976 

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On Knowing and Being Justified in Believing One Knows (2) 1974-1976 

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On Rejecting Grue Emeralds for Green: Guilt by Association (1) 1976 

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On Rejecting Grue Emeralds for Green: Guilt by Association (2) 1976 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Introduction c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Chapter One c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Chapter Two c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Chapter Three c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Chapter Four c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Chapter Five c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Chapter Six c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Chapter Seven c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Chapter Eight c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Summary and Concluding Remarks c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Appendix and Bibliography c. 1973-1975 

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Perception, Common Sense, and Science: Miscellaneous c. 1973-1975 

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A Qualified Defense of Naïve Realism n.d. 

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Reference and Ontology: Inscrutable but not Relative c. 1974 

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Scientific Realism (Notes on Student Paper) n.d. 

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Sellars on Scientific Realism and Perceiving 1976 

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Sensing, Appearing, and Perceiving (Master's Thesis, Brown University) 1957 

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Skepticism, Certainty, and a Foundation for Justification: Chapter One n.d. 

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Skepticism, Certainty, and a Foundation for Justification: Chapter Two n.d. 

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Skepticism, Certainty, and a Foundation for Justification: Chapter Three n.d. 

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Skepticism, Certainty, and a Foundation for Justification: Chapter Four n.d. 

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Skepticism, Certainty, and a Foundation for Justification: Chapter Five n.d. 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Introduction c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter One c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter Two c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter Three c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter Four c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter Five c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter Six c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter Seven c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter Eight c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter Nine c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Chapter Ten c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Miscellaneous c. 1978 

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Skepticism, Justification, and Explanation: Preliminary Materials c. 1978 

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Three Objections to Scientific Realism from Quantum Physics n.d. 

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Notes and Research 

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Grant and Project Proposals 1969-1978 

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Grue and Projectibility 1974-1975 

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Miscellaneous n.d. 

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Probability n.d. 

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Scientific Realism or Irenic Instrumentalism, Wilfrid Sellars 1964 

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Sense n.d. 

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Symbolic Logic n.d. 

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Topics in Modern Physics 1970 

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Correspondence 

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1962-1973, n.d. 

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1974 

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1975 

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1976 

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1977 

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