Letter to Kazimierz Twardowski written 06.04.1928

Lviv, 6/4/28



Most Honourable Professor!

                       In thanking you kindly for the letter I received today, I want you to know that what I said yesterday concerning the new edition of Zur Lehre [Zur Lehre vom Inhalte und Geogenstande der Vorstellungen, by Kazimierz Twardowski; German: On the content and object of presentations] was only by way of providing information about the possibilities being outlined, and that for a long time I’ve obviously regarded the whole matter as dormant until you give me permission to move it forward. To supplement what I said yesterday, I emphasise that a decision in this matter isn’t urgent, as Niemeyer’s publishing schedule for 1928 is already full, to the point that it wouldn’t be possible to print until the beginning of 1929. I just think that it’d be a good thing to reach a decision a little earlier, in that Husserl might turn to Niemeyer before the latter sets his publishing programme for 1929. Personally, I’d be very sorry if you didn’t ultimately decide in favour of this project (whether with one sort of commentary or another, or without, is a side issue as far as the potential for carrying out the project is concerned) because the existence of your book in a new edition seems to me a very important and useful thing for Polish philosophy. Moreover, it seems to me that Niemeyer’s firm, which today publishes almost all works by phenomenologists, is especially suited to publishing the second edition of the book, which lies at the source of phenomenology.

                       I hope that after Easter we’ll be able, at your request, to talk again at greater length about the whole matter. For now I take this opportunity to ask you politely to accept from my wife and myself cordial wishes for a ‘Happy Easter’ for you, your wife, and your whole household.

                       I enclose expressions of profound esteem and respect

                                                                                                               Roman Ingarden