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Kaufmann, Walter, 1921-1980
Philosophy Manuscripts of Walter Kaufmann
Manuscripts Division
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14 boxes and 5.4 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-14
English German


The Philosophy Manuscripts of Walter Kaufmann consists of manuscripts, galleys, and page proofs of many of the writings and translations of the American philosopher, educator, and author Walter Kaufmann (1921-1980).

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of typed manuscripts with holograph revisions, page proofs, and galleys for original works and translations by Kaufmann. Titles of original works include Critique of Religion and Philosophy (1958), The Faith of a Heretic (1961) and its German translation Der Glaube eines Ketzers (1965), From Shakespeare to Existentialism (1959), Hegel: Reinterpretation, Texts, and Commentary (1965), Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist (1956), Tragedy and Philosophy (1968), and a book of poetry, Cain and Other Poems (1962). Titles of Kaufmann's translations include Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil (1966), On the Genealogy of Morals (translated with R. J. Hollingdale) and Ecce Homo (1967), and The Will to Power (1967); Goethe's Faust (1961); and a group of poets in Twenty German Poets (1962). In addition, the collection also contains Kaufmann's Ph.D. thesis from Harvard, "Nietzsche's Theory of Values" (1947), and an article on Nietzsche for the Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

The following standard abbreviation, or its variation, is used to identify materials in this collection: TMsS = typed manuscript signed.


The collection has been arranged in chronological order by publication date (later editions of the same title are kept together).

Collection Creator Biography:

Kaufmann, Walter, 1921-1980

Walter Kaufmann, noted American philosopher and a leading authority on Nietzsche and Existentialism, was born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1921. He received his B.A. from Williams College (1941) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1947). From 1944 to 1946, Kaufmann served in the United States Army Air Forces and Military Intelligence Service. Beginning in 1947, he taught philosophy at Princeton University until his death in 1980. In addition to publishing several works on philosophy and religion, Kaufmann translated several of Nietzsche's works, as well as Goethe's Faust.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Walter Kaufman


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ran Tao in 2004. Finding aid written by Ran Tao in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Philosophy Manuscripts of Walter Kaufmann; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-14

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Some of the manuscripts found in draft form in the collection came to print in the following publications: Kaufmann's writings Cain and Other Poems (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1962), Critique of Religion and Philosophy (New York: Harper, 1958), The Faith of a Heretic (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1961), From Shakespeare to Existentialism (Boston: Beacon Press, 1959), Der Glaube eines Ketzers (Munchen: Szczesny, 1965), Hegel: Reinterpretation, Texts, and Commentary (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1965), Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist (New York: Meridian Books, 1956), Tragedy and Philosophy (New York: Doubleday, 1968); and Kaufmann's translations of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil (New York: Vintage Books, 1966), On the Genealogy of Morals (translated with R.J. Hollingdale) and Ecce Homo (New York: Vintage Books, 1967), and The Will to Power (New York: Random House, 1967); and Twenty German Poets (New York: Random House, 1962).

Subject Terms:
English poetry -- 19th century.
Poets, English -- 19th century.
Genre Terms:
De Wilde, George James, 1804-1871
Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859