Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Konstantin Kolenda Papers, c. 1950-1990 MS 436



creator Kolenda, Konstantin, 1923-1991
Title: Konstantin Kolenda papers
Dates: c. 1950-1990
Abstract: The majority of this collection consists of Kolenda’s own writing (notes, drafts, source material). The next largest group consists of source material only on four philosophers (Peirce, Rorty, Ryle and Wittgenstein). There is a small quantity of Kolenda correspondence, course material, and Will Rice College material, as well as some National Endowment for the Humanities material.
Identification: MS 436
Quantity: 11 Linear Feet(13 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Konstantin Kolenda was born in a small town in eastern Poland on May 17, 1923. When Poland was invaded by Germany, he was taken to Germany to work in an optical factory; later, when Germany was taken by the United States, he became an interpreter for the American troops. He came to Houston from Germany in 1946 under the sponsorship of George Hill, an independent oilman from Houston who he met in Germany.

While in Houston, Kolenda worked for George Hill’s company, Houston Oil and Gas, and eventually attended Rice University. Kolenda graduated from Rice with a B.A. in Philosophy and German in 1950, and from Cornell with a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1953. While at Cornell, he held the Susan Linn Sage Fellowship (1950-1953) and was the recipient of the Graduate Prize in Philosophy in 1953.

In September of 1953 he returned to Rice University and became a professor of philosophy, where he would remain for 38 years. He was honored with the position of Chair of the Philosophy department after 22 years as a professor, and he was also named Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Philosophy.

He served as Will Rice Resident Associate from 1951-1962, was a member of the Texas Committee for the Humanities from 1975-1979, and he was also on the editorial advisory board for Philosophical Topics. For the academic year 1959-1960, he was awarded a Fulbright grant and lectured on American philosophy at the University of Heidlberg. He taught as visiting professor at West Point, Colorado College, and the University of Texas. He also received the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army in 1984, was named to Who’s Who in America, and served as director of the Mellon Workshop in Philosophy and Literature at Rice in 1987. Dr. Kolenda was a very well-known and well-respected professor, and he authored or edited over a dozen books on Philosophy including: Philosophy’s Journey, Ethics for the Young, Religion Without God, and Cosmic Religion. Dr. Kolenda died in December 5, 1991 at the age of 68.


Scope and Contents

The majority of this collection consists of Kolenda’s own writing (notes, drafts, source material). The next largest group consists of source material only on four philosophers (Peirce, Rorty, Ryle and Wittgenstein). There is a small quantity of Kolenda correspondence, course material, and Will Rice College material, as well as some National Endowment for the Humanities material.

These papers came from Kolenda’s Fondren Library study and probably represent projects in progress at the time of his death (Dec. 5, 1991).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Konstantin Kolenda papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Konstantin Kolenda Papers, c. 1950-1990, MS 436, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift donated by Pauline Kolenda in the summer of 1993 and again in February of 1999.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: General writings and office files

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical items
2 Correspondence
3 Course exams
4 Miscellaneous
5 Will Rice College, 1957-1970
6 National Endowment for the Humanities
7 Religion and the Humanities
8 NEH Interpretation Institute
9 Kolenda writings: American Philosophy
10 Kolenda writings: Being a Person
11 Kolenda writings: Blessedness
12 Kolenda writings: Concept of Divine Origin
13 Kolenda writings: Ethics for the Young
14 Kolenda writings: Cosmic Religion; an Autobiography of the Universe
15 Kolenda writings: Form of Life
16 Kolenda writings: Freedom of Reason
17 Kolenda writings: Fulton Frestschrift
18 Kolenda writings: Historical Introduction to Philosophy
Box Folder
2 1 Kolenda writings: Humanities Undefended
2 Kolenda writings: In Defense of Practical Reason
3 Kolenda writings: Logical Conflicts in the Concept of God
4 Kolenda writings: Misc. articles, offprints, reviews
5 Kolenda writings: Philosophy Democratized
6 Kolenda writings: Philosophy in Literature
7 Kolenda writings: Religious Spirit of Humanism
8 Kolenda writings: Religion Without God
9 Kolenda writings: “Rorty’s Hermeneutic Roar”
10 Kolenda writings: A Socratic Quarter
11 Kolenda writings: “To Be a Person”
12 Kolenda writings: “Unconscious Motives and Human Action”
13 Background material on Charles Peirce
Box Folder
3 1 Background material on Charles Peirce
2 Background material on Richard Rorty and Gilbert Ryle
3 Background material on Ludwig Wittgenstein



Series II: ADDENDA – Correspondence, Business [Office Files]

Box Folder
4 1 A misc.
2 American Philosophy Conference
3 Aristotelian Society
4 Arnold, Margaret
5 B misc.
6 Bacard, Andre
7 Bergman, “Mom” and “Pop”
8 Berry College
9 Bigelow, Karen
10 Boysen, August Henry, Jr.
11 Brooker, Jewel
12 C misc.
13 Clancey, Bill
14 D misc.
15 Dallas Morning News
16 Downing, Irene
17 Dubik, Jim
18 Duce, Leonard A.
19 E misc.
20 Eudaimonism Conference
21 F misc.
22 Florida Pres
23 Fulton, Street and Edythe
24 G misc.
25 Gray, Glenn
26 Grygar, Margot
27 H misc.
28 Hartle, Anthony E.
29 Hecher, Margot
30 Hellenschmidt, Marianne
31 Higgs, Ted
32 Hill, George A. family
33 Houston Philosophical Society
34 Ilaria, Robert L.
35 J misc
36 Jones, Karen
37 K misc.
38 Kegley, Charles and Jacie
39 Kekes, John
40 Krauss, Dietliende, “Didi””
41 Kuhfuss, Johanna
42 Kulsta, Mark
43 L miscl
44 Linfield College
45 Losowsky coll
46 M Misc
Box Folder
5 1 Macmillan Press Ltd.
2 Magree, Bryan
3 Malcolm, Norman
4 Maneli, Mieczyslaw
5 Matschat, Elke
6 Matusow, Allen J.
7 Medical Humanities Institute
8 Meyer, Gerlad
9 Miller, Nelon
10 Murphy, Arthur E.
11 N misc.
12 Newton, Robert
13 Norton, David
14 O misc.
15 Olesnitzky, George
16 Olesnitzky, George
17 Olesnitzky, George
18 Orfield, Olivia Fuller
19 P misc.
20 Pappas, Regina
21 Par, Leatha
22 Peden, Creihton
23 Phi Beta Kappa
24 “Philosophy for Children"
25 Pincoffs, Edmund
26 Professional societies
27 Publications, misc.
28 R misc.
29 Rorty, Richard
30 Rupp, George
31 Ryrle, Gilbert
32 S misc.
33 Silber, John
34 Smith, Beth
35 Smith, “Mom”
36 Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
37 Southwestern Philosophical Society
Box Folder
6 1 Stark, Willa
2 Stark, Willa
3 Starnes, Elisabeth
4 Suckiel, Ellen
5 T misc.
6 Tannous, Afif
7 Texas Committee for the Humanities
8 Tsanoff, Radoslav and Corinne
9 V misc.
10 Vinidakis, Stelios
11 Vlastos, Gregory
12 W misc.
13 Waveland Press, Inc.
14 Wheatley High School
15 Worden, Helen
16 Y misc.
17 Z misc.
18 Zea, Leopold
19 Zeiske, Evelyn
20 Jayne
21 Ann
22 Kathy
23 Misc. – unidentified
24 Misc. – unidentified



Series III: Correspondence - Family

Box Folder
6 25 Balle, Pelagia “Linda” Kolenda [sister]
26 Balle, Pelagia “Linda” Kolenda [sister]
27 Czjkowska family
28 Fox, Betty Jean “BJ”
29 Kolenda, Betty Jean Fox
Box Folder
7 1 Kolenda, Christopher
2 Kolenda, Helena
3 Kolenda, Pauline
4 Roether, Stefan and Almut
5 Family-various



Series IV: Personal

Box Folder
7 6 Immigration/naturalization papers
7 Passports
8 Business cards/i.d.s
9 Vitae
10 Newsclips
11 Thesis: “Die Welt als Erlebnis”
12 Rice University Commencement, 1950
13 Cornell Univ. course papers, 1951-52
14 Cornell Univ. course papers, 1952
15 Fulbright Fellowship, 1959
16 Travel
17 Conferences
18 Award, honors
19 U.S. Military Academy Awards Covocation, 1991
20 Memorial service and tributes
21 Hill, George A. Jr. newsclips and photos
22 Photographs and sketch
23 Photographs
24 Yearly appointment books
25 Telephone directories
26 Notes
27 “Old manuscript written at the Victory Guest House, 1945-46”
28 Awards
29 Door nameplate
30 Kolenda family history
31 Line etching, “We’re Bullish on the War” by Derek Boshier



Series V: Rice-related

Box Folder
8 1 Administrative memos
2 Alumni Association
3 American Participant Program-USIA
4 Author reception
5 Coherent Minor
6 Continuing Studies
7 Correspondence
8 Counseling Center
9 Course evaluations
10 Course evaluations
11 Dean of Humanities search, 1980
12 Departmental corresp., 1970s-80s
13 Departmental corresp., 1980-90s
14 Employment corresp.
15 [Sample] Exams
16 Kant Colloquium
17 Humanities Research Council
18 Lectures, seminars
19 Lovett 307, Master 177
20 Mellon program
21 Philosophy Dept. memos
22 Philosophy Dept., Rice Students and Counter culture
23 Philosophy 102 Meaning of Life, Course packet
24 Philosophy 102 Meaning of Life, course packet
25 Recommendations
26 Reports of the President
27 Rice Annual Fund
28 Rice Circle
29 Rice Speakers Bureau
30 Ryle Symposium
31 Sabbatical, 1973-74
32 Sabbatical, 1990
33 Teaching evaluations, Spring 1975
34 Teaching evaluations, n.d.
35 Tsanoff Endowment Fund
36 Tsanoff Festschrift
37 Tsanoff memorials
38 Will Rice College



Series VI: Teaching materials/research

Box Folder
9 1 Billy Budd
2 Camus
3 Conrad, Joseph
4 Contemporary Philosophy
5 Dewey, John
6 Don Quixote
7 Dostoyevsky
8 Ethics
9 Ethics-Contemporary
10 [High School] Ethics
11 German literature
12 Goethe
13 Greek Philosophy
14 Hamlet
15 Heidegger
16 Humanism
17 Humanities 101, 1988
18 Humanities 101, 1989
19 Introduction to Philosophy
20 James, William
21 Kant
22 Linfield College presentation
23 Mann, Thomas
24 Marxism
25 Mexican philosophers
26 Middlemarch
27 Moral conflicts
28 Mysticism
29 Nietzsche
30 19th century philosophy
31 Peirce, C.S.
32 Philosophical “Phollies”
33 Philosophy 102-Meaning of Life
34 Philosophy 105-Introduction to Philosophy
35 Philosophy 202B
36 Philosophy 221A
37 Philosophy 222B-Nature of Freedom
38 Philosophy 318-Philosphy in Literature
39 Philosophy self-scheduled exam
40 Philosophy 362B course comments, 1969
41 Philosophy of Religion
42 Plato
43 Political Philosophy
44 Reading lists
45 Rilke, R.M.
46 Sartre
47 Scarry
48 Self and Substance
49 Speech Acts
50 Underground Man
51 West Point
Box Folder
10 1 West Point
2 West Point
3 Will Rice 306B – Sports and Society
4 Women’s Liberation Movement
5 Teaching notes, cards, disks
6 Reviews
7 Offprints



Series VII: Works

Box Folder
11 1 Adolescent pregnancy
2 American Pragmatism: Religion Without Transcendence
3 An Autobiography of the Universe
4 Avoiding the Fly-Bottle
5 Coercion: When Is It Right?
6 Concensus Ethics
7 Cornel West’s Vision for American Philosophy
8 Cosmic Religion
9 Cosmic Religion corresp.
10 Crisis of the Self
11 Ethical Relativism
12 Ethical Theories
13 Ethics papers
14 Ethics papers
15 Ethics for the Young
16 Ethics for the Young
17 Ethics for the Young
18 Ethics for the Young corresp.
19 Ethics Precede Metaphysics
20 Eudaimonism papers
21 Eudaimonism papers
22 Firstness and Contingency
23 Hermeneutics papers
24 Hermeneutics as Personal Challenge
25 Humanism papers
26 Humanism and Religion papers
27 Humanities and Public Policy papers
28 In Defense of Practical Reason corresp.
29 Is Man a Rational Animal?
Box Folder
12 1 Language Analysis and the Critique of Ontology
2 Logic-Philosophy of Science
3 The Lonely Crowd…
4 The Meaning of Life
5 Miraculous Life
6 Miraculous Life
7 Miraculous Life
8 Miraculous Life
9 Miraculous Life
10 The Modern Monster-Idol
11 More About the Meaning of Life
12 Neo-Pragmatism and American Postmodern Culture
13 On Thinking
14 Organization and Ethical Individualism
15 Organization and Ethical Individualism
16 Organization and Ethical Individualism
17 The Pathology of Gap-ology
18 “Philosopher’s Column”
19 “Philosopher’s Column”
20 Philosophy Democratized
21 Philosophy Democratized
22 Philosophy Democratized corresp.
23 Philosophy: Mirroring or Shaping?
Box Folder
13 1 Philosophy’s Journey
2 Philosophy’s Journey
3 Philosophy’s Journey
4 Philosophy’s Journey
5 Philosophy’s Journey corresp.
6 Philosophy papers
7 Philosophy papers
8 Pragmatism, Prudence, and Moraltiy
9 Psychology Papers
10 Recovery of the Human
11 Reflections on Levi-Strauss
12 Reflections on Psychology
13 Religion papers
14 Religion Without God
15 Religion Without God
16 Religion Without God
17 A Religious Alternative
18 The Religious Spirit of Humanism
19 The Religious Spirit of Humanism
20 Schopenhauer papers
21 Searle’s Institutional Facts
22 Socratic Quartet
23 Speculative philosophy papers
24 Stealing Thoughts from Poets
25 Teaching Philosophy after Rorty
26 Texan Values
27 To Be a Person
28 Unconscious Motives
29 University Life as an End in Itself
30 The Vienna Circle…
31 Vietnam