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Frederick Charles Copleston papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection MS-1986-086: Frederick Charles Copleston papers


  • Creation: 1941 - 1993

Scope and Contents

Book manuscripts include drafts of History of Philosophy, Philosophy in Russia, and Memoirs of a Philosopher. There are numerous published articles by Copleston on individual philosophers, such as Nietzsche, and particular topics in philosophy. There is material on lectures and addresses as well as radio broadcasts on Buddhism and Hegelian philosophy. Correspondence contains letters with more than 150 individuals including A.J. Ayer, John Betjeman, Bertrand Russell, Frederick Sontag, Francis Sweeney, Alan Tory and others. The photographs are mainly from Copleston's later life.


Language of Materials

English, lecture notes on Schopenhauer and a poem by German POW's in German.

Restrictions on access

Collection is closed until processed.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical / Historical

An English Jesuit philosopher, Frederick Charles Copleston was born in Taunton, Somerset, England in 1904. Copleston attended Marlborough College (1920) and was received into the Catholic Church in 1925. After studying at St. John's College, Oxford, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1930. He was ordained priest in 1937. He taught and wrote extensively on philosophical subjects.


13.5 Linear Feet (21 containers)


Acquired from Frederick C. Copleston in 1986 and 1994. From Ralph J. Coffman in 1988 and from Jesuits British Province in 1998.

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Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States