Letter to Kazimierz Twardowski written 13.05.1933

Lviv, 13/5/1933.



Most Honourable Professor!

            I’m ashamed to be answering your last letter only today, and ask you politely not to hold this against me. However, I’ve got so much work to do now that unfortunately I couldn’t do so any earlier.

            Regarding the matter of sending a letter to prof. Liebert[O1] , of course, in principle I could write it, willingly. It seems to me, however, that you occupy a completely unique position among Polish philosophers, and therefore you have an obvious right to act on matters concerning Polish philosophy abroad; your voice will undoubtedly carry a decisive weight with Prof. Liebert, which certainly wouldn’t be the case if I were to turn to him. As well, the consideration that the material you’ve collected for the needs of [Philosophical] Movement will play a major role in the organisation of the bibliography of the Polish section, argues – I believe – in favour of your turning to Mr Liebert personally.

            However, the following thought has just now come to mind: given current German-Polish feelings, it’s difficult to predict what kind of answer we may get in these conditions. Perhaps the Germans will tell us that they prefer to do it themselves or that the whole matter is now obsolete. Given this eventuality, it might be better for now for me to turn, in an unofficial capacity, to Liebert, because if he refuses me, it won’t be any great misfortune ‒ someone unauthorised contacted him. If this eventuality thus comes into play, I’d be happy to write a letter to Liebert, pointing out that I’m doing so on my own responsibility and that only in the event of a favourable response will I turn to the Polish Philosophical Society regarding this matter.

            If you think my mediation would be useful, then please telephone me at the middle school (teacher’s room) on Monday or Tuesday during the long break (around 10.45).

            As for the second matter (our journal), I raised it because it seemed to me that it’d be possible now, before the financial matters are ultimately clarified, to prepare a great many things, so as to possibly set the entire machine in motion in the autumn. If you’re of a different opinion concerning this, then I, being less well-oriented in this situation, will gladly incline myself towards your view.

            Given the opportunity, I take the liberty of informing you that a few days ago I received, from Prof. Pfänder[O2]  in Munich, a copy of his new book entitled Die Seele des Menschen [The soul of man] (over 400 pages). This is a systematic presentation of Pfänder’s psychological views, which have been announced in phenomenological circles for many years now. Judging by the chapter titles, the book is very interesting. Published by Niemeyer[O3] .

            In closing, I take the liberty of enclosing my cordial wishes for the state of your health, which, in connection with the dismal spring weather, leaves – I’ve heard – a bit to be desired, to improve as rapidly as possible. I hope that just as soon as the weather improves, everything will be fine again. Please kindly accept my expressions of profound esteem and respect

                                                                                                               Roman Ingarden



[O1]Arthur Liebert (1878‒1946)
[O2]Alexander Pfänder (1870‒1941)
[O3]Max Ni emeyer Verlag [Max Niemeyer Publishers]