Sometimes scholarly research becomes personal. That’s what happened to Don Viney, a philosophy professor and member of the faculty in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences.
Viney not only discovered, but ultimately edited an unpublished book by prominent American philosopher Charles Hartshorne, who died in 2000. It was a labor of love, Viney said, because Hartshorne was not only a major figure in his academic research, but also a mentor who helped shape his career.
In 2001, Hartshorne’s daughter asked Viney to prepare her father’s papers to be sent to the archives at the Claremont School of Theology. It was there that he discovered the manuscript.
“I agreed to edit the book with the explicit understanding that I be paid no royalties,” Viney said, noting that Hartshorne’s books are among the few books written by philosophers that actually make more money than they cost. “Somehow, it seemed inappropriate to be paid for something I regarded as a privilege.”
“I consider my work on this book as the only way I can repay Hartshorne for the tremendous difference he made in my career,” Viney said. “I never planned to become known as a Hartshorne scholar, but I guess that’s one of the things I am.”