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Gilbert Ryle Collection

The philosopher Gilbert Ryle was involved in the setting up of the original Linacre House, in 1962, and was one of its first senior members. An early problem for the new institution was the lack of a library: Gilbert Ryle assisted here by donating many of his own books on his retirement in 1968, and by a further bequest after his death in 1976. The books formed a major part of the early library, and were later stored under lock and key in the massive Linacre Bookcase. Ryle also donated some of his papers - including letters, drafts of papers, and miscellaneous notes extracted from the volumes in his library - to Linacre. 

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Catalogues and lists
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Catalogue and Papers

All of Ryle's books are catalogued on Oxford University Libraries' catalogue Solo , but it can be hard to produce a listing of the Ryle collection from this. You can find a complete listing  in Excel format here

A listing of Ryle's papers can be found here.

Gilbert Ryle collections in Oxford

Appendix 2 from Charlotte Vrijen's doctoral thesis The philosophical development of Gilbert Ryle (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2007)

Reproduced with the kind permission of Charlotte Vrijen  No further reproduction is allowed without the permission of the copyright holder.

Articles from the Linacre Journal, No.3, November 1999 (the Gilbert Ryle issue)
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"Introduction : Ryle's Oxford legacy" by Rom Harré and John Shosky pp. 5-9.

"A philosopher and his books : the Gilbert Ryle collection at Linacre" by Giles Barber, pp. 17-26.

"Ayer's view of the Vienna Circle : the Linacre letter" by Rom Harré and John Shosky, pp. 27-37.

"Gilbert Ryle and the Tractatus" by Rom Harré, pp. 39-53.

"Gilbert Ryle's debt to Bertrand Russell" by John Shosky, pp. 55-69.

"Reason" by Gilbert Ryle, pp. 71-84.

"Jane Austen and the moralists" by Gilbert Ryle, pp. 85-99.

"Ontological and logical talk in Wittgenstein's Tractatus" by Gilbert Ryle, pp. 101-107.

"The genesis of 'Oxford' philosophy" by Gilbert Ryle, pp. 109-114.

Gilbert Ryle's articles are reproduced with the kind permission of the Principal, Fellows and Scholars of Hertford College in the University of Oxford.  The other articles are reproduced with the kind permission of Rom Harré, John Shosky and Lisa Barber.  No further reproduction is allowed without the permission of the copyright holders.

Other articles
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 Rom Harré on Gilbert Ryle's The concept of mind

John Shosky, "Ryle's reading of the Tractatus"

These articles are reproduced with the kind permission of Rom Harré and John Shosky.  No further reproduction is allowed without the permission of the copyright holders.

Michael Kremer, "Ideology and knowledge-how : a Rylean perspecive", Theoria, vol. 31 (3), Nov. 2016, pp. 295-311.

Michael Kremer, "A capacity to get things right : Gilbert Ryle on knowledge", European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 25 (1), March 2017, pp. 25-46.

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