Warner Fite Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
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Dr. Warner was an educator, philosopher and author. For twenty-five years he was a member of the Princeton University Philosophy Department as Stuart Professor of Ethics, and in 1934 was the president of the American Philosophical Association. He was not a member of one school of philosophic thought and, consequently, wrote and taught in the spirit of his book Individualism (1911). In another book, Moral Philosophy, The Critical View of Life, Dr. Fite developed his view of life centering on the importance of the "person." He was a friend of the Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno, whose novel Mist he translated (1928), and of Benedette Croce, the Italian philosopher.
The collection consists chiefly of selected correspondence of Warner Fite. The bulk consists of letters addressed to Fite from Miguel de Unamuno, the Spanish essayist, poet, and philosopher, and Ramiro de Maeztu, also a Spanish political theorist, journalist, and literary critic. Their correspondence revolves around Fite's work, including his book Moral Philosophy, The Critical View of Life. There is a letter from Prof. J. Helder asking Fite to translate a letter (in Spanish) from Unamuno, accompanied by Fite's translation, which includes holograph corrections in Greek. In addition, there are four letters by Fite to "Mrs. Rogers" (Jeanette Blumenthal Rogers) and one letter to Helen Blumenthal Waterman. Other correspondents include the Italian philosopher Benedette Croce, American philosophers and authors William James and George Herbert Palmer, and the Spanish philosopher, essayist, and poet George Santayana.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
Letters addressed to Fite were a gift of Mrs. Fite on December 13, 1955.
Letters of Fite were a gift of Miss Faith D. Waterman on June 28, 1979. AM18544, 80-31.
This collection was processed by Dina Britain on May 19, 2009. Finding aid written by Elizabeth Mulvey on June 15, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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