The purpose of this site is to make publicly available all the papers that UTP wrote in the fields of philosophy and psychology. After his death the files on his IBM PC were on his request copied to cd-rom by his son Thomas, who is also the maintainer (admin) of this website. The cd-rom which included an index to all the files was used by Graham George and Elizabeth Valentine to edit a book published by Oxford University Press with “a selection of some of his best papers”, see Graham & Valentine (2004). The book also contains a bibliography of Place’s publications. The bibliography is used as a starting point for this website. It is extended with unpublished papers and with links to full text. The bibliography on this website also contains abstracts and additional information about the publications.
For the first time his Amsterdam lectures from 1973-1974 become available on line. UTP wanted to publish the lectures as a book, but unfortunately he never got the time (or gave himself the time) to finish the project. Publishing a book was always at the back of his mind. When he heard in December 1998 that he had lung cancer, what he called his Nachlass became a high priority. A new book project was started. Organising his files, making an index to them and copying to cd-rom with the help of his son were also part of securing his Nachlass. The goal of the book project was to publish all his important papers, because only a few had appeared in the mainstream philosophy journals. The project changed from a three volumes book series to a series with even 17 (smaller) volumes. It became more and more clear that the running theme of all volumes had to be conceptual analysis being the foundation of most of his work. I (Thomas) hope to write a post about this in the blog that is also part of this website. All the blog posts are (or will be) written by me.
This website is work under construction. Making all papers publicly available is much more work than originally forseen. Only now that I am retired and stopped with consulting university libraries (after my retirement), I have the time for what I call my 2024 project. At October 24, 2024 we will remember that it is hundred years ago that Ullin was born. That is the date the project will be finished …
All the files on the cd-rom are in WordPerfect. First they have to be converted into Word files. Lot of the layout is lost in this process. Recovering the layout and simultaneously understanding the text take time. Later in life Ullin typed his own papers on a PC. But the papers from the pre-digital age were ‘digitised’ by re-typing; Ullin hired a secretary to do the work. The files have to be checked on typing errors. Editing the unpublished material is still more work. Several papers I had to re-type. This was only possible when I had a (re)print. There are also files that were edited, changed by UTP. I tried to restore the files to (the content, not the layout of) the published versions, while keeping the changes so that these changes can be recognised as such. Other files were layouted by UTP so that they looked exactly like the original publication. In most cases this was not a real success. Sometimes this was because of the changes due to the conversion from WordPerfect to Word. I decided to publish at this website (in most cases) the author’s version or postprint being the version exactly like the published version but without the publisher’s layout. The last step in the proces is to make a pdf and publish the full text on this website.