Letter to Władysław Tatarkiewicz written 07.03.1970

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Roman Ingarden
Cracow, Biskupia 14

Cracow, 7 March 1970


            Dear Władysław,

                                  Ms Wojciechowska told me that you wanted to see me, but at the same time she said that Thursday, when I was in Warsaw, you were busy. Unfortunately, I had to leave immediately, because I’ve got a book in the completion stage; I was supposed to hand it over on 1 January; then I had to extend that to the end of March, and now I have to do everything possible to avoid missing that deadline, at least. I greatly regret this, especially since I don’t know whether I’ll be able to come on the 13th to the General Assembly of Semiotic Societies, and then to the Polish Philosophical Society; but I’m very interested as to what the 5 concepts of form that you’ve come up with are. Long ago, before the war, in the article about the form and content of a literary work, and then after the war in Spór [Controversy over the Existence of the World], I occupied myself quite extensively with this question and came up with 9 different pairs of concepts of form and ‘content’ (‘matter’) [x], so I’d be curious as to what you’ll say on this topic. But I don’t know if I’ll find the time. Polish philosophy at the beginning of the nineteenth century doesn’t interest me very much, especially since you’ve probably already spoken about it at some point at the Academy. It’s not out of the question, though, that I’ll come after all.

            For now, it’s just a question of sticking to it one way or another and working. I’ve heard that you look great despite the bout of flu and ‒ as is evident from the scheduled lectures ‒ are also doing good work. I’m glad.

                                             Cordial greetings and best regards to your wife

                                                                                   /signature/ Your Roman


(x) of course, I didn’t concern myself with the history of these concepts; I differentiated them on the basis of the current literature, sometimes only alluding to former traditions.



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