John Arthur Passmore AC (1914 – 2004) was one of Australia’s pre-eminent philosophers, a major figure in the history of ideas and one of the first to give shape to the field of ‘applied philosophy’.
In 1988 he provided an initial donation of books from his personal and working library. Following his death in 2004, his family offered the remainder of his library to UOW.
The books are a valuable addition of around 2000 items in the areas of philosophy, ethics, logic, moral thought and the history of thought.
The Passmore Collection provides an indication of the eclectic nature of his interests and supplements his personal papers and writings that have been donated to the National Library of Australia.
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|1934||T.S. Eliot, Literary Society, University of Sydney|
|1951||Ralph Cudworth, Cambridge University Press|
|1952||Hume's intentions, Cambridge University Press|
|1957||A hundred years of philosophy, Duckworth and Co|
|1961||Philosophy reasoning, Duckworth and Co|
|1965||Introduction to Joseph Priestly, Collier Books|
|1970||The perfectibility of man, Duckworth and Co|
|1974||Man's responsibility to nature, Duckworth and Co|
|1978||Science and its critics, Rutgers University Press|
|1980||The philosophy of teaching, Duckworth and Co|
|1985||Recent philosophers, Duckworth and Co|
|1991||Serious art, Duckworth and Co|
|1997||Memoirs of a semi-detached Australian, Melbourne University Press|
|1914||Born 9 September, Manly NSW|
|1918-1928||Attended Manly Public School|
|1929-1930||Attended Sydney Boys' High School|
|1931-1934||Studied at University of Sydney, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, first class honours in Philosophy and English literature|
|1935-1949||Successively Tutor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney|
|1950-1954||Professor of Philosophy at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand|
|1955||Reader of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University|
|1959||Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University|
|1965||Awarded the Mackie Medal by the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science|
|1967-1970||Visiting Scholar, Institute of Education, London|
|1971||Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge, United Kingdom|
|1974||Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science|
|1974-1977||President of the Australian Academy of Humanities|
|1976||Gauss Lecturer, Princeton University|
|1978||Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford|
|1979||Foreign Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters|
|1980||Tanner Lecturer, Cambridge University|
|1980-1982||University Fellow in History of Ideas, Australian National University|
|1981||Boyer Lecturer for the ABC, presenting a series of discussions on the limits of government|
|1985-1991||Visiting Distinguished Professor and General Editor, Bertrand Russell Project, McMaster University, Canada|
|1992||Honorary Graduate, University of Wollongong|
|1993||Awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to philosophy|
|1995-2004||Visiting Fellow in History and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University|
The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay: With an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island is one of the first substantial works published in Australia’s European history.
Researchers now have the opportunity to study an original early volume, recently restored for UOW Library and now housed in the Rare Books Collection. “It’s a rare and significant work, which is deserving of preservation and in this instance we’ve been able to do that”, said Susan Jones, UOW Archivist.
Originally published in 1789, this firsthand account of the convict colony in Sydney also offers a glimpse into the lives of Indigenous Australians, the local landscapes, and Australia’s native flora and fauna.
First Fleet journals such as this were an important means of reporting back to England. The authors, contemporaries of Governor Arthur Phillip, documented details of the colony, and one of the first things they did was look around and start to record the animals, the bird life and other elements of the local environment.
As one of the very first published accounts of Australian flora and fauna, the illustrations in The Voyage of Governor Phillip formed a noteworthy addition to the annals of science.
When Mr Barry Becarevic donated The Voyage of Governor Phillip to UOW, as is often the case with antiquarian volumes, it was in dire need of restoration. The leather cover showed signs of deterioration, and the pages were affected by mould and water damage.
Multi-award winning bookbinder Barbara Schmelzer was entrusted with the restoration. She meticulously assessed and bathed individual pages to stabilise them, and inserted a special, lightweight paper between the illustrations to preserve them.
The painstaking restoration process retained as much of the original material as possible, including the leather cover and parts of the spine that had remained intact. Barbara recreated missing parts with the same style and materials, and finally the book was rebound and ready for display.