Gerard van der Leeuw
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Gerard van der Leeuw
Van der Leeuw in 1945
|Born||March 18, 1890|
The Hague, Netherlands
|Died||November 18, 1950 (aged 60)|
|Religion in Essence and Manifestation: A Study in Phenomenology|
|Institutions||University of Groningen|
|Phenomenology of religion|
Philosophy of religion
Gerard van der Leeuw studied theology and egyptology at Leiden University, in Göttingen and Berlin. He was promoted there to doctor of theology in Leiden in 1916. After graduation he was called as ordained minister in the Dutch Reformed Church (Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk): in The Hague as candidate and subsequently in 's-Heerenberg with a full appointment. In 1918 he was appointed as professor in history of religion at the University of Groningen.
He applied the concept of phenomenology to religion. He is best known for his work Religion in Essence and Manifestation: A Study in Phenomenology, an application of philosophical phenomenology to religion. It was first published in 1933 under the German title Phänomenologie der Religion and translated into English in 1938.
From 1945–1946 van der Leeuw was Minister of Education of the Netherlands for the Labour Party (appointed immediately after the end of the war). Before the war he had been a member of the conservative Christian Historical Union.
- "Gerardus van der Leeuw (1890-1950)". Department of Religious Studies, University of Alabama. 2015-07-22. Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2020-08-26.
- van der Leeuw, Gerardus (1925). "Einführung in die Phänomenologie der Religion". Internet Archive (in German). p. (cover pages). Retrieved 2020-08-26.
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