Charles Morris Collection

Charles W. MorrisCharles W. Morris (1903-1979) earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Chicago where he studied under George Herbert Mead. Morris taught at Rice University, the School of Design in Chicago, and was a visiting lecturer at Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Stanford, Vassar, and many other educational institutions. He served as President of the Western Division of the American Philosophical Association and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Morris edited a collection of G.H. Mead”s lectures, Mind, Self, and Society, and was Associate Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Unified Science. Morris wrote many books, including Writings on the General Theory of Signs; The Pragmatic Movement in American Philosophy;Paths of Life: Preface to a World Religion; Signification and Significance: A Study of the Relations of Signs and Values; Mind, Self, and Society From the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist; Varieties of Human Value; Foundations of the Theory of Signs; Six Theories of Mind; and Logical Positivism, Pragmatism, and Scientific Empiricism. Morris brought many German philosophers to the United States at the start of World War II. He was involved in the Unity of Science Movement, Vienna Circle of logical positivism, and developed an original form of pragmatism.


The Charles W. Morris Collection includes many of the books that Morris wrote and edited. Morris’s books include the subjects of American philosophy, religious studies, C.S. Peirce, and G.H. Mead. The Morris Collection has several journals, including the International Journal of Ethics, which was renamed Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy, and encompasses the years 1905-1948.



The papers of Charles W. Morris include personal and professional correspondence, lectures, reviews, lecture notes of courses taken from G.H. Mead, unpublished papers, a finding list of Morris books donated to the University of Florida, bibliographies, articles written by Morris and others, pamphlets, Morris’s Ph.D. dissertation, copies of Peirce papers with Morris’s annotations, newspaper clippings, poems, scrapbooks, and a few vinyl records with Morris’s lectures.