Gerard van der Leeuw

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Gerardus van der Leeuw
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Gerardus van der Leeuw
Born March 18, 1890
The Hague, Netherlands
Died November 18, 1950 (1950-11-19) (aged 60)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Notable work Religion in Essence and Manifestation: A Study in Phenomenology
Institutions University of Groningen
Main interests
Phenomenology of religion
Comparative religion
Philosophy of religion

Gerardus van der Leeuw (March 18, 1890 – November 18, 1950) was a Dutch historian and philosopher of 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. Before the war he had been a member of the conservative Christian Historical Union.

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