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Dr. William Griffith papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS1006-UA

Scope and Contents

William B. Griffith was Elton Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at George Washington University. He joined the GW faculty in July 1964. He devised and taught more than 30 courses during his tenure, with a special emphasis on ethical theory, philosophical aspects of public policy issues, economic justice and logic. Dr. Griffith served several terms as chair of the Department of Philosophy and was one of the longest-serving members of the Faculty Senate, where he occupied several different leadership positions.

Dates

  • 1960-2014

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

William B. Griffith was Elton Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at George Washington University. William Byron Griffith was born in Fort Worth and was a 1958 graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. After studying at the University of Louvain in Belgium on a Fulbright scholarship, he received master’s (1962) and doctoral degrees (1963) in philosophy from Yale University. He served in the Army before joining GWU in July 1964.

His research interests and publications focused on the application of theories of distributive justice to environmental policy, welfare policy, tax policy, and the regulation of business. He devised and taught more than 30 courses during his tenure, with a special emphasis on ethical theory, philosophical aspects of public policy issues, economic justice and logic. He was the principal architect and long-serving director of the MA Program in Philosophy and Public Policy, the first of its kind in the United States.

Dr. Griffith served several terms as chair of the Department of Philosophy and was one of the longest-serving members of the Faculty Senate, where he occupied several different leadership positions, including chair of the Executive Committee, and chair of the Committee on Fiscal Planning and Budgeting. He also served as the redoubtable parliamentarian for Columbian College faculty meetings through the fall of 2013.

He died at midnight on February 10, 2014.

Extent

22.5 Linear Feet (18 record center cartons)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

William B. Griffith joined the George Washington University faculty in July 1964 and was Elton Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy. The collection contains his work in the department, as well as other professional activities such as the faculty senate and papers given at conferences.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Title
Guide to the Dr. William Griffith papers, 1960-2014
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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