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Ian Hacking fonds
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Lectures, talks, and conferences

Series consists of records documenting lectures and presentations given by Dr. Hacking as both a lecturer and invited speaker. Records consist of primarily lecture notes and drafts from the 2000’s, however series also includes records from early in Dr. Hacking’s career and those for the Tarner Lectures at Cambridge University. Subjects of the presentations include autism, the body and corporeality, ultracold atoms, mathematical proof and reasoning.

Personal and biographical

Series consists of textual records and graphic material documenting Ian Hacking’s personal life and career, with eight files related to the histories of both the Hacking and MacDougall families. Records include a passport, birth and marriage certificates, family snapshots, drawings by his children, as well as correspondence detailing financial contributions made to various charities and initiatives. Ian Hacking’s professional and academic activity is reflected in written and photographic documentation of awards and honours received, including the Killam Prize for the Humanities, the Companion to the Order of Canada, and the Holberg International Memorial Prize. Also included in the series is an autobiographical document written by Dr. Hacking detailing the orientation of his research.

Digital files consist of files documenting his personal life and family [“BUSYNESS”], a folder of biographical information and curriculum vitae, further documentation about the Holberg Prize, and drafts of writings by Judith Baker titled “Trust and Commitment” and “Some Aspects of Reasons and Rationality”.

Ian Hacking fonds

  • UTA 1339
  • Fonds
  • 1854-2015 [predominant 1980-2010]

Fonds consists of records documenting the professional and personal life of analytic philosopher and professor, Dr. Ian Hacking. Records primarily focus on the academic and publishing activity of Dr. Hacking from the early 1980’s to 2010. The material reflects the broad and diverse interests of Dr. Hacking in his work, as well as his exchange with scholars in diverse fields. Records include correspondence, manuscripts and drafts of written works, reprints, lecture notes, and extensive subject files. Additionally, correspondence, press clippings, and photographs chronicle Dr. Hacking’s professional and academic achievements.

Fonds also documents aspects of Dr. Hacking’s personal and family life. These include diaries and notebooks of Dr. Hacking, birth and marriage certificates, drawings by his children, family snapshots, as well as correspondence, photographs and copies of records from the Hacking and MacDougall families.

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Hacking, Ian

A Sept 2012

Drafts and research notes for Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all?

A November text

Drafts and research notes for Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all?

KINDS

Drafts and research notes for Tradition of Natural Kinds

A anew BOOK

Drafts and research notes for Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all?

A MAY 2012

Drafts and research notes for Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all?

A final book

Drafts, research notes and proofs for Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all?

A JULY 2012

Drafts and research notes for Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all?

Research and subject files

Series consists of research material and correspondence with colleagues and scholars collected by Dr. Hacking in the course of his academic activity. Records included are predominantly reprints, though also include press clippings, emails, written correspondence, transparencies, and notebooks. Material is grouped by subject as well as author.

Subject matter encompasses a broad range of topics including the history of mathematics, physics (in particular, Bose-Einstein condensates), genetics, classification and taxonomies, porphyrian trees, medieval illustration, autism, body augmentation, suicide terrorism, and psychoanalysis. Authors represented include Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hilary Putnam, Saul Kripke, Willard Van Orman Quine, Michel Foucault, Lorraine Daston, Peter Galison, Bruno Latour, and Noam Chomsky. Correspondence included within the research files is noted in the scope and content field. Additional content such as partial manuscripts and correspondence can be found on the verso of records as Dr. Hacking frequently reused paper.

Manuscripts and drafts

Sub-series consists of manuscripts and drafts of Dr. Hacking’s writing. Records span Dr. Hacking’s career and reflection on topics that include natural kinds, categorization, logic, reasoning, and the philosophy of mathematics. Sub-series includes multiple chapters from the unpublished book Tradition of Natural Kinds and Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all? (2013). Some files include correspondence, which is indicated in the file title within square brackets.

Digital files consist of drafts, research notes and proofs for his book Why is there philosophy of mathematics at all? (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and unpublished projects Tradition of Natural Kinds and “Making Up People”. Also included is a folder titled “CURRENT SMALL PROJECTS” which includes an assortment of draft writings.

Writing and publishing

Series consists of records related to I. Hacking’s publishing activity and is divided into the following sub-series:
5.1: Reviews
5.2: Publishing agreements and correspondence
5.3 Manuscripts and drafts
5.4 Articles
5.5 Reviews of I. Hacking’s publications

Material includes reprints of articles and reviews written by Dr. Hacking in addition to press clippings that provide commentary on his work. Also included within the series are correspondence and publishing agreements. The subject matter reflected in the series broadly covers the philosophy of science and mathematics, natural kinds and categorization, rhetoric, logic, psychiatric disorders and trauma.

Pyschoessences

File includes correspondence received from Paul Whittle

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