Letter to the National Scientific Publishers written 30.03.1963

Prof. Roman Ingarden
Krakow, Biskupia 14                 c                       c                     c                      Krakow, 3/30/1963


Dear Madam Editor,

         c            in response to your letter from 3/26 regarding the matter of L. Blaustein’s writings, I present a list of his philosophical works that I believe should be part of the possible re-edition:

  1. Husserl’s Theory of the Act, Content, and the Object of the Presentation, Lviv, Lviv Scientific Society, 1928, p. 95
  2. Imaginative Presentations, between Psychology and Aesthetics, ed. Polish Philosophical Society, Lviv, 1930. p. 63 /small format/
  3. On intuition as a property of some presentations, Jubilee Book of the Polish Philosophical Society, Lviv, 1931
  4. Schematic and Symbolic Presentations, between Psychology and Aesthetics, Lviv, PPS ? 1931
  5. On the psychology of a film spectator, Poznań, 1933
  6. On the tasks of humanistic psychology, 1935
  7. On the Reception of Aesthetic Objects, Lviv Pedagogical Library, Lviv, 1938, p. 29
  8. On learning about literary works at school, Polonista II, May-June 1938
  9. On the perception of radio play, Polish Radio /typescript/, 1938 p. 75 /apparently also Psychological Quaterly, 1939/.
  10. Some issues of aesthetic education, Chowanna 1939
  11. The role of perception in aesthetic experience, Social Review, 1936 /or Philosophical Review 1937/
  12. On imaginary world of art, Literature and Art Monthly, 1936, year II. No. 8-9
  13. Das imaginative Kunstwerk und seine Gegebenheitsweise, Files of the Second Congress of Aesthetics in Paris, 1937, p. 4.

         c            In addition, there are various articles in the fields of child rearing and education, but these probably should not be included in the possible volume of philosophical writings. Because almost my entire library remained in Lviv, including Blaustein’s works, I cannot in most cases provide the volume of the aforementioned articles or exact bibliographic data. However, I believe that this data could be obtained in the National Library. My general estimation would lead me to believe that the designed volume should not exceed 400 pages of print. Due to the fact that Blaustein’s works were partly published in Lviv, and partly scattered in magazines unavailable today, it cannot really be considered a re-edition.

         c             If any further information is needed from me, I am always happy to help. Blaustein’s works are all at a high scientific level, and although they are to a large extent only articles, and thus rather contributions, they provide a complete picture of his position. Blaustein’s last work /maybe the final fruit of his many years of research/ titled Aestetische Perzeption was accepted for the third volume of Studia Philosophica and even submitted /In the third correction/, when the Soviet authorities, upon entering Lviv, ordered to dismantle the whole composition along with the entire already submitted volume.

         c            Since Blaustein and his family were arrested by the Gestapo in 1941, and died the same year, as it seems, in the Janowski concentration camp in Lviv, I think his things, including his correction sheets and the typescript of this dissertation /over 100 pages of print, I myself did the proofreading in the summer of 1939/ have all been lost. There is a possibility that his brother – the medical doctor /? / survived the war, it cannot also be ruled out that he salvaged Blaustein’s work, but I have no idea how one could verify that and to what extent it is likely.

         c            If the Editorial Office of Philosophical Publications is, in fact, intent on publishing Blaustein’s writings and wishes to have some introduction to Blaustein’s scientific output, I could write it, but his writings would have to be delivered to me, as I do not own them and do not remember much of their contents today.


         c                     c                     c            My deepest respect

         c                     c                     c                     c            /Roman Ingarden/