“Husserl is for me,” the avant-garde artist Witkacy wrote to Roman Ingarden in April 1935, “eyes, glasses and a beard without a body.” The Polish philosopher Roman Ingarden (1893-1970), at first glance not a very flamboyant or dramatic figure, proved himself extraordinary as an interlocutor among the most radically disparate personalities. This seminar will discuss Ingarden’s friendships with his Doktorvater
Edmund Husserl; his fellow student of phenomenology, Edith Stein; and his portraitist, the painter, novelist and philosopher Witkacy. The larger question posed is what we can learn about the phenomenological movement through the prism of “friendshipology”—or rather, through a history of personal encounters.
Marci Shore is Associate Professor of History at Yale University and IWM Visiting Fellow.
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