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On the final day of his lifestyles, Otto Neurath had given support to a chinese language thinker who was once writing approximately Schlick. in simple terms an hour ahead of his loss of life he stated to me: "Nobody will do this type of factor for me." My solution then used to be: "Never brain, you might have Bilston, is not that better?" there have been con­ sultations in new housing schemes, an exhibition, and hopes for a fruitful courting of longer period. i didn't dream at the moment that i might someday paintings on a ebook like this. the belief got here from Horace M. Kallen, of the recent university for Social examine, long island, years later; to motivate me he despatched me his choice from William James' writings. Later I met Robert S. Cohen. Carnap had despatched him to me with the message: "If you must discover what my political beliefs have been within the twenties and thirties, learn Otto Neurath's books and articles of that point; his perspectives have been additionally mine." during this means Robert Cohen turned ac­ quainted with Otto Neurath. much more: he took an interest; and whilst I requested him, might he aid me as an editor of an Otto N eurath quantity, he agreed without delay. In earlier years I had already requested a few Otto Neurath's acquaintances to write for me what they specially remembered approximately him.

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SELFHELP. That will fit into my file of SELFHELP people. I should have preferred to file you into a file of people much supported by the father ... but perhaps I was able to transfer something of the tradition which exists in our family .... " At this point in the correspondence he referred to the fact that I was the third generation that had become social scientist against the wish of their parents. His father had to run away from home as a young boy to Vienna in order to study and eventually become a professor; he himself had to do his university studies against the will of his mother who knew the kind of life that lay before him, as wife and then widow of a university professor; she also had, after my grandfather's death, prepared the last edition of my grandfather's treatise on economics.

In the midst of a long letter in which he uttered again his concern about this strange desire on my part to study sociology he wrote: "There is a story about old Gurlitt, the painter. He was dying and all his children were around him, all successful men, and he said: 'I thank you and I am glad that you have been good boys and successful; a pity that none of you became a painter'. And all the sons answered: 'Father, you said to us you would put us out of the house if we did try to become painters'.

Schumann and I went to Munich to suggest to the Central Council common action with Saxony. It was decided to send a telegram to the government of Saxony: both countries should send commissions to their common frontier for negotiations. Saxony's reply was hesitant. Schumann and I reported to the MEMORIES OF OTTO NEURA TH 21 representatives of all parties in Saxony on March 19th. None of them had confidence in our program; certain measures were adopted only under the force of circumstances. A telegram called me to Munich on March21st.

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