Marvin Farber papers, Professor of Philosophy and Phenomenology
Scope and Contents
This collection documents Marvin Farber's extensive correspondence with philosophers in the United States and abroad, including Rudolf Carnap, Roderick M. Chisholm, Charles Hartshorne, Martin Heidegger, Hans Reichenbach, Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Wilfred Sellars. Additionally, a large selection of manuscripts record Farber's articles, speeches, and research notes, covering such topics as phenomenology, ethics, scientific inquiry, naturalism, and logic.
III: Early notes and papers, traces his academic work as a student, and include course catalogs from the universities he attended: Harvard, Freiburg, and Heidelberg. These notes contain his early work on phenomenology and logic, as well as papers on other philosophers such as Edmund Husserl, Henri Bergson, and Heidegger.
IV: Course files, includes both philosophy classes Farber took as a student, and those he taught at the University at Buffalo. Moreover, this series contains Farber's students' notes in the form of detailed reports summarizing class content. Many course files also have newspaper clippings documenting contemporary issues of his era, which Farber used to illustrate course subject matter.
- circa 1920-1980
- Farber, Marvin (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
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The Marvin Farber Papers, Professor of Philosophy and Phenomenology, circa 1920-1980 are open for research.
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An internationally known philosopher, Marvin Farber (1901-1980), served as professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1927-1961 and 1964-1974. In 1974, he was awarded professor emeritus status. Earning a Ph.D. in 1925 from Harvard, he also attended German universities in Berlin, Heidelberg, and Freiburg, where he would study under such notables as Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Heinrich Rickert, and Ernst Zermelo. Later, Farber would find himself teaching such future scholars as Wilfred Sellars and Richard Hofstadter.
Farber also served as a member of many philosophical societies, including president of the International Phenomenological Society, president of the eastern division of the American Philosophical Association, executive committee member of the Symbolic Logic Association, and member of the Paris Institute de Philosophe and the Charles S. Peirce Society. Authoring numerous books and articles on philosophy, Farber founded the journal, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, which he edited for forty years.
- Born December 14, in Buffalo, New York.
- Studied music at the University of Buffalo.
- Transferred to Harvard University.
- Graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Philosophy.
- Studied abroad at Berlin, Freiburg, and Heidelberg Universities.
- Received his Ph.D. from Harvard with the dissertation, Phenomenology as a Method and as a Philosophical Discipline.
- Instructor of Philosophy, Ohio State University.
- Began his 44 years of Philosophy professorship at the University of Buffalo.
- Married Lorraine F. Walle (3 children).
- Chairman of the Department of Philosophy.
- Founder and editor of the journal Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
- Awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.
- Editor, Philosophic Thought in France and the United States: Essays Representing Major Trends in Contemporary French and American Philosophy (University of Buffalo).
- Published Naturalism and Subjectivism ©. C. Thomas).
- Professor and Chairman of University of Pennsylvania's Philosophy Department.
- Returned to UB as Distinguished Service Professor.
- Conferred Professor Emeritus.
- Retired from UB.
- Died at the age of 79 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Posthumously published "The Search for an Alternative: Philosophical Perspectives of Subjectivism and Marxism" (University of Pennsylvania Press).
17 Linear Feet (35 manuscript boxes)
Collection of materials from Marvin Farber, professor of philosophy and phenomenology. Includes correspondence, publications, notes, speeches, and course files.
This collection is arranged in four series: I. Correspondence, II. Manuscripts, III. Early Notes and Papers IV. Course Materials.
Received January 5, 1988, from Roger Farber, M.D., son of Marvin Farber.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Processed by Archives staff, circa 1988.
- Avey, Albert E. (Albert Edwin)
- Baylis, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-
- Beck, Lewis White
- Breda, H. L. van (Herman Leo van)
- Bykhovskii, B. E. (Bernard Emmanuilovich)
- Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956
- Cerf, Walter
- Chisholm, Roderick M.
- Cho, Kah Kyung
- Clements, Tad S.
- College teachers -- United States
- Cornu, Auguste
- De Kresz, Geza
- De Kresz, Norah
- Dewey, John
- Ducasse, Curt John
- Educators -- United States
- Evans, D. Luther (Daniel Luther)
- Farber, Marvin -- Archives -- Correspondence
- Gonseth, Ferdinand
- Gracia, Jorge J. E.
- Handy, Rollo
- Hartshorne, Charles
- Heidegger, Martin
- Hocking, William Ernest
- Hofstadter, Richard
- Hook, Sidney
- Horosz, William
- Horowitz, Irving Louis
- Husserl, Edmund
- Israel, Helen
- Israel, Philip E.
- Kallen, Horace Meyer
- Kaufmann, Fritz
- Kraft, Julius
- Kruse, Cornelius
- Mathur, Dinesh Chandra
- McGill, V. J. (Vivian Jerauld)
- Mins, Henry F. (Henry Felix)
- Nagel, Ernest
- Opler, Marvin K. (Marvin Kaufmann)
- Parry, William Tuthill
- Perry, Ralph Barton
- Philosophers -- Correspondence
- Philosophy -- Study and teaching
- Philosophy, Modern -- 20th century
- Polin, Raymond
- Publishers and publishing--United States
- Riepe, Dale Maurice
- Romanell, Patrick
- Rotenstreich, Nathan
- Ruja, Harry
- Schutz, Alfred
- Sellars, Roy Wood
- Sellars, Wilfrid
- Somerville, John
- State University of New York at Buffalo. Department of Philosophy -- Faculty -- Students
- Stein, Edith, Saint
- University of Buffalo. Department of Philosophy -- Faculty -- Students
- Ushenko, Andrew Paul
- White, Leslie A.
- White, Morton Gabriel
- Wiener, Philip P. (Philip Paul)
- Wild, John Daniel
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