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Bernard Delfgaauw

Bernard Delfgaauw
Bernard Delfgaauw (1975)
Born24 November 1912
Died20 August 1993 (aged 80)
RegionWestern philosophy

Bernardus Maria Ignatius "Bernard" Delfgaauw (24 November 1912 in Amsterdam – 20 August 1993 in Haren) was a Dutch philosopher.

He studied Dutch language, history, philosophy, and Hebrew language at the University of Amsterdam.[1]

In 1947 he earned his doctoral degree in philosophy.[1]

In 1961 he became a professor in philosophy at the University of Groningen.[1]

Delfgaauw was a prolific writer; subjects included existentialism, young Marx, Thomas Aquinas, Kant, mysticism, evolution, and he developed a philosophy of grammar and of social relations. He also wrote a bestselling concise history of philosophy that was in continuous reprint and got translated into several languages.

During the Vietnam War it was legally prohibited, punishable by law in the Netherlands to say that president Johnson was a killer. In 1967 Bernard Delfgaauw said at a symposium: "Measured by criteria used in Nuremberg and Tokyo, Johnson, his staff members, and generals are war criminals."[2] After that, the Dutch student protesters wantonly changed their slogan from "Johnson Killer" to "Johnson Miller".


  • Teilhard de Chardin (1961)
  • De filosofie van Bernard Delfgaauw (1982) together with Reinout Bakker and Huib Hubbeling
  • 'Bernard Delfgaauw et al. Evolutie en de filosofie, de biologie, de kosmos Utrecht 1967


  1. ^ a b c "Delfgaauw, Bernardus Maria Ignatius". Wijsbegeerte in Nederland. Dutch Royal Library. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
  2. ^ "Johnson War Criminal". International Institute of Social History. Retrieved 2007-03-08.

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