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Robert Adamson Papers

Date range: 1870s-1890s.

Papers of Robert Adamson (1852-1902), philosopher, Professor of Logic and Mental and Moral Philosophy, 1876-1893, and Professor of Political Economy, 1876-1882, at Owens College (later the University of Manchester).

Adamson took a prominent role in the administration of the Victoria University, serving as secretary, and later treasurer, of the Board of Studies, and he was an advocate of the admission of women on equal terms with men.

Although unlisted, the papers are sufficiently compact to be readily accessible. They include notebooks and manuscripts on logic and philosophy, and also on the working class and other contemporary social themes.

There are also transcriptions of writings by the logician and philosopher, Rudolf Hermann Lotze. Adamson was an innovative thinker and his papers are an important source for studies of the development of philosophy.

Finding aids



The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library