Henryk Elzenberg and the Lvov-Warsaw School. The Complexity of Mutual Relations

Joanna Zegzuła-Nowak

Until recently, historians of Polish philosophy tended to look at the relations between Henryk Elzenberg and the Lvov-Warsaw School mainly in the context of their mutual antagonisms. Th erefore the differences between were emphasized: the distinctness of their scientific and the investigative attitudes and the adopted methodological foundations. Many facts supported such a thesis (i.e. the intellectual and scientific biographies, adopted views).

The biographical facts and the philosophers’ works and their correspondence, demonstrate many convergence points, analogies, connections and similarities in their views, as well as in their scientifi c and academic activities. There are many factors speaking for their infl uence on the philosophers’ scientific attitudes and on creation and development of their conceptions. Th e article therefore presents not only the origin and the nature of the mutual antagonisms, but also their ideological similarities, biographical and personal connections between Elzenberg and the representatives of Twardowski’s School. Such an approach, according to its author, is a substantial basis for further analysis of Elzenberg’s complex relations with the Lvov-Warsaw School.


Keywords: Elzenberg · Lvov-Warsaw School · Twardowski · Czeżowski · Kotarbiński

Joanna Zegzuła-Nowak – M.A. in philosophy, postgraduate student at the University of Zielona Góra (Institute of Philosophy). Research interests: Polish philosophy of the 20th century, history of philosophy, ethics, axiology, bioethics; she prepares her Ph.D. thesis about Henryk Elzenberg’s polemics with Lvov-Warsaw School.   »  

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