Letter from Stefan Morawski written 09.06.1967
n Dear Professor,
n n I am writing to give you my belated reply to your letter from 6/1. I read your “Betrachtungen …” (part 2) carefully and am reflecting on your comments.
n n I will publish my article. Firstly, because it is inadvisable to postpone information about your book and the discussion with it for almost a year. Secondly, because you do not have time to give me your accurate and detailed counterarguments. Thirdly, because what you wrote so far, I took into account (i.e. I do not think I have read you incorrectly – I will return to this point in a moment) Fourthly, only fools could read my essay as an attempt to “outtalk” you. I do not write for those nor care about them. Fifthly, because I not only greatly respect and admire you, but also like you, I have asked myself many times if I could have spoken against my intentions…? Those from my circle who read this essay all say that it is entirely a homage to you.
n n And now for your previous comments. a) You have developed the matter of objectivity subtly and wonderfully, but for considerations on the objective status of aesthetic values nothing new comes of it. I learned a lot from “Betrachtungen,” but I still have the same reservations about “objectivity” in your different interpretations.
n n b) The issue of nonrelationality and relationality must be left open. I am not accusing you of anything here; I just see the issue differently. And most of my comments refer not so much to your work as to my thoughts regarding your suggestions. After all, you should understand me – the older I am and the more precisely my own view on certain issues is shaped, the harder it is for me to write an authentic review.
n n c) As for the quality of values and values. You are right and you are not. Because on p. 129 et seq. And on p. 167/8 you write that these are two different
n n d) With regards to artistic and esthetic values I cannot say anything more than what I wrote – I will simply be waiting for your elaboration of the explanation and analysis.
n n I have expanded my text with additions regarding points a) and c), as to capture your thought more accurately. I would like to show you my notes and reflections on your works. I cannot imagine you would rebuke me for them.
n n Dear Professor, after all, the discussion between us is only for some “select” ones. Those who read it will undoubtedly understand that Morawski, unlike Pelec, took a lot from Ingarden. Aufhebung ….
I am going to Berlin on Monday. I will be back on 19th. I will not be going to Krakow. I would like your paper for Aesth. St. Porębski will also be writing something. So will I. It will be a triple voice on the same subject. I am with you contra Bense, but we cannot forget about Moleste. That is different!
n n I am asking you for the review of Graff. Leszek K. has already written his. The last meeting of the Faculty Council will bw on 6/27. Last date.
n Best regards
n n StMorawski