2 1 6 D O C S . 2 5 9 , 2 6 0 J A N U A R Y 1 9 2 0 259. From Friedrich Paschen Tübingen, 13 January 1920 Highly esteemed Colleague, At today’s meeting for the purpose of refilling the physics professorship vacated by my departure, I was charged with collecting authoritative references on the most suitable successor. In the opinion that the theoretician who conceived the novel ideas of relativity theory from the finest analysis of empirical facts and who dem- onstrated in an admirable experimental paper the existence of magnetic molecular currents would have a particularly good nose for really good physicists, I permit myself to humbly ask whom you would recommend for Tübingen. The faculty re- quests permission to use your opinion at a higher level. In high admiration and with best regards, yours truly, F. Paschen. 260. To Georg Count von Arco [Berlin,] 14 January 1920 Highly esteemed Count Arco, I properly and fully appreciate the sign of exceptional confidence behind your proposal. I also see how I would be particularly suited to the extent that, as a stead- fast internationalist, I could be useful in upholding your international associa- tion. Nonetheless, it is impossible for me to take on such a mission, because I have always had basic reservations about practical Monism. Specifically, I am of the conviction that Monism’s aggressive stance toward religious organizations is not justified in principle. The suprapersonal content conveyed by religion, primi- tive in form though it is, is more valuable, according to my conviction, than Haeck- el’s materialism. I believe that, even nowadays, elimination of the pious tradition would still mean spiritual and moral impoverishment, gross and ugly though the at- titude and actions of the clergy may be in many respects. The deficiencies of the existing tradition are merely much more strikingly apparent than its modest vir- tues! Monism’s fight for freedom of the individual against encroachments by reli- gious communities is, however, a thoroughly creditable and necessary one, in my eyes as well. After what I have said, you will certainly understand that I cannot be considered in every respect as an adherent of Monism nor assume the chairmanship intended for me. With kind regards, I am yours.