v THE MINISTRY OF RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION
by way of
v THE BOARD OF THE LVIV SCHOOL DISTRICT
v HEADMASTER’S OFFICE, N. COPERNICUS STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL NO. 1
v In submitting a copy of the letter of the Ministry of Religious Denominations and Public Education of 11 March 1927, No. IVN.872/27., granting me an allowance for academic work abroad, I politely ask you to grant me paid leave for the first semester of the 1927/8 school year, with the objective of enabling me to travel to Germany and France to conduct academic research.
v I support my request with the following motives: I’ve been working in secondary education for nine years, usually for 30 hours a week. At the same time I’ve also produced academic work, publishing, overall, approximately 40 printed arkuszy [1 arkusz = 40,000 characters] of academic papers. For several years, especially during a four-year stay in Toruń, I was deprived of all of the conditions for academic work, with no substantial library, academic journals, or, finally, direct relationships with individuals working in academics, at my disposition. Despite this, I managed, with the greatest effort, to achieve habilitation at the University of Lviv, thanks to which I was able to relocate to Lviv, where work conditions are significantly better. Nevertheless, the working conditions to which I’ve been exposed for several years have led to my awareness of a significant gap in my knowledge of contemporary academic literature which I’m unable to bridge due to being overloaded with paid work within my occupation, and moreover due to the absence of the latest works in the local libraries. A trip abroad, even for a few months, is therefore indispensable, particularly since I’ve been working for a long time on a more extensive work which I can’t finish completely without personal communication with a whole series of eminent foreign researchers. Orienting myself in contemporary philosophical trends is indispensable for me as well, since I lecture at the university and have an obligation to set my lectures at the level of contemporary knowledge. – Yet another reason why I wish to go abroad is that I’m interested in the development and reform of contemporary secondary education. Accordingly, I wish to acquaint myself with contemporary pedagogical trends, curricula, and teaching methods in German and French schools.
v I’m asking for paid leave because I have a family with 4 dependents, whereas the sum that I’m receiving for my trip abroad will suffice only to cover the costs of the trip.
v I enclose along with the application: a) a copy of the letter from the Ministry of Religious Denominations and Public Education, b) a list of my papers published to date.
In Lviv 29/3/1927 v v
Dr Roman Ingarden
Docent in philosophy at the
J. K. [Jan Kazimierz] University in Lviv
and teacher at the N. Copernicus
state middle school no. 1 in Lviv