Gerard van der Leeuw

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Gerard van der Leeuw
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Van der Leeuw in 1945
BornMarch 18, 1890
The Hague, Netherlands
DiedNovember 18, 1950 (1950-11-19) (aged 60)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Notable work
Religion in Essence and Manifestation: A Study in Phenomenology
InstitutionsUniversity of Groningen
Main interests
Phenomenology of religion
Comparative religion
Philosophy of religion

Gerard (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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