Meingast’s Routine

I found an excerpt written by Alexandr (Shurik) Leonidovich Katz describing Meingast’s daily life in Graz:

“Teaching obliga­tions claimed two to three hours a day, in which was included the lecture on classical pedagogy that he held twice weekly at the university. His remaining work hours were reserved for reading, the setting down on paper of his own manuscripts, which flowed without pause, and to what he called his “little musings”, concerning events that had recently transpired or that were to ensue. Other fragments of time were reserved for dressing and un­dressing, gymnastics, correspondence, productive socializing, as well as anomalies, such as the cross-town hike that took place every two weeks, and the bathtub soak.”

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  1. Sandra Martin (Queens University Belfast) wrote about Meingast’s routines in her (unjustly!) forgotten dissertation of 1978:

    “Sometimes he would call on his elderly maiden aunt who happened to live in the same city [Lemberg], in a garret above a sooty pub popular with the secret society “The Policemen.” The society wasn’t so secret, actually —nothing like their American Ivy League counterpart clubs— but the members were fond of referring to their meetings as ‘unknown knowns.’ There were rumors that Meingast was part of the club, but in fact, Meingast had only been invited to participate in a few pub discussions. In his diary, he noted that the October 6, 1881 meeting of The Policemen “consisted of the wearyingly predictable rantings of callow youth about university discrimination against Humeans. Glad to have the excuse to go up to Aunt C.” He noted next to that entry that October 6 is the feast day of St. Bruno, the patron saint of possessed people.”

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