When applying, in 1891, for a chair of philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Wincenty Lutoslawski had already published a number of important articles as well as a doctoral dissertation, which he defended at the Dorpat University. While working at the University of Kazan, Lutoslawski had been engaged in several research sojourns abroad, including one in London. Although his achievements were positively reviewed by Stanislaw Pawlicki, another Polish specialist on Plato's philosophy, the subsequent conflict between the two scholars stemmed from differences in world-view and in scholarly views relating to methodology and interpretation. Alas, Lutoslawski's application was rejected, and the majority of faculty council opted for Pawlicki, a renowned professor of the Faculty of Theology. Lutoslawski continued to pursue his scholarly career abroad, publishing in several European languages, until the publication in 1897 of his famous work on Plato (The Origin and Growth of Plato's Logic). Meanwhile Pawlicki, burdened both by his teaching responsibilities and the results of the research by Lutoslawski, was not able to complete (before his death in 1916) his History of ancient philosophy. While Lutoslawski was prevented from working in Cracow, he became - thanks to his works - a historian of ancient philosophy whose world renown has persisted until the present day. Pawlicki obtained the Chair, but his works on the history of philosophy are rarely cited today.
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