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TitleWatkins, John William Nevill (1924-1999), philosopher
Extentc780 files (67 boxes)
Admin Biographical HistoryJohn Watkins was born in Woking, Surrey, training at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, before joining the Navy in 1941. After the war he studied politics at the LSE where he was greatly influenced by reading Hayek's 'The Road to Serfdom'. After graduation he studied for an MA at Yale, before returned to the Government Department at LSE to take up a lectureship in political science, transferring to the Philosophy Department as Reader in 1958. He was promoted to professor in 1966. Watkins retired in 1989 but continued regular attendance at seminars and to be an associate for the LSE Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science.

Professor Watkins publications include 'Hobbes's System of Ideas (1965), Science and Scepticism (1984) and 'Human Freedom after Darwin (1999)and numerous articles including 'Ideal types and Historical Explanation' (1953), Historical Explanation in the Social Sciences' (1957), 'Negative Utilitarianism' (1963), 'Confirmation, the Paradoxes and Positivism' (1964), 'Decision and Belief' (1967) and 'Imperfect Rationality' (1971
DescriptionPapers of John Watkins consisting of an alphabetical series of correspondence files, mainly with other philosophers including Karl Popper, Imre Lakatos and Paul Feyerabend.

In addition, WATKINS/773 consists of a transcript of his diary, 1936-98.
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