Special Collections Department
Lewis White Beck
Critique of Practical Reason
and Other Writings in Moral Philosophy
1943 - 1949
Manuscript Collection Number: 122
Extent: 19 items (1 linear ft.)
Content: Autograph manuscript, typescript, galley proofs, page proofs, and printed edition
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: Reprocessed 1990-1991 by Anita A. Wellner
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Lewis White Beck, born September 26, 1913, in Griffin, Georgia, was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware from 1941-1948. Prior to teaching at Delaware Beck was an instructor in Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Beck became Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rochester in 1949, after teaching at Lehigh University for one year (1948-1949). At the University of Rochester Dr. Beck also served as the Dean of the Graduate School from 1956-1957 and as the chairman of the Department of Philosophy from 1949-1966. Dr. Beck has been the Emeritus Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at the University of Rochester since 1979.
Dr. Beck received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in 1934, his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Duke University in 1935 and 1937 respectively. He has received honorary degrees from Hamilton College, Emory University, and the University of Tubingen, Germany.
In addition to his translation of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason and Other Writings in Moral Philosophy, Beck has written numerous books. Some of these titles include The Actor and the Spectator (1975), Essays on Kant and Hume (1978), Early German Philosophy (1968), Studies in the Philosophy of Kant (1965), and Kant Selections (1988).
Directory of American Scholars. 8th edition. Volume IV. (New York: R.R. Bowker Co., 1982). p.33.
Contemporary Authors. First Revision. Volume 5-8. (Detroit: Gale Research, 1969). pp. 81-82.
The Writers Directory 1990-92. (Chicago: St. James's Press, 1990). p. 66.
I. Autograph Manuscript p.4 II. Typescript p.4-5 III. Galley Proofs p.5 IV. Page Proofs p.5 V. Published Edition p.5
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1 Series I. Autograph Manuscript,  Consists of a few typed pages with the bulk of the material being handwritten on loose pages of in spiral notebooks. Includes the text of the translation (pages 52-357 of the published volume). Does not include the preliminary matter, preface, introduction, contents, index or bibliography. 15 items (789 pp.) "Foundations... Metaphysics of Morals" F1 Pages 52-79 F2 Pages 79-117 "Critique of Practical Reason" F3 Pages 118-224 F4 Pages 224-249 F5 Pages 249-260 F6 "An Inquiry into the Distinctness of the Fundamental Principles of Natural Theology and Morals," pages 261-285 F7 "What is Enlightenment?," pages 286-292 F8 "What is Orientation in Thinking?," pages 293-305 "Perpetual Peace..." F9 Pages 306-323 F10 Pages 324-345 F11 "Supposed right to lie from altruistic motives," pages 346-350 F12 "Selections from Metaphysics of Morals," pages 351-357 2 Series II. Typescript, n.d. Bears extensive autograph corrections and editor's notations. Consists of the translator's preface, introduction, text of the translation and bibliographical notes. Not included are the title page, the table of contents and the index. 1 item (647 pp.) F13 Pages 1-200 F14 Pages 201-300 F15 Pages 301-400 F16 Pages 401-550 F17 Pages 551-657 Series III. Galley Proofs,  Bears extensive autograph corrections, additions to the text, and editor's notations. Consists of one compilation of proofs which appear to be pieces of different sets. Included are the translator's preface, introduction, text of the translation, index and bibliographical note. 151 galleys. Note: Housed in galley box in the manuscript oversize shelves. F18 Galley proofs 3 Series IV. Page Proofs,  Bears the autograph note, "Beck's Copy," and bears autograph corrections. Includes all material in the published edition with the exception of the table of contents and the index. 1 item (372 pp.) F19 Page Proofs 4 Series V. Published Edition Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1949. 1 item (370 pp.) F20 Published edition with dust jacket.
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