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The young Løgstrup

  • 1905: born in Copenhagen.
  • 1923: graduated from Upper Secondary School.
  • 1930: was awarded the Master's degree in Theology at the University of Copenhagen.
  • 1930-1936: studies abroad. - Lectures by the philosophers Henri Bergson, Martin Heidegger, Hans Lipps and Moritz Schlick and the theologians Friedrich Gogarten and Emanuel Hirsch.
  • 1932: was awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Copenhagen for a dissertation on the ethics of Max Scheler.
  • 1935: married the German student of philosophy Rosemarie Pauly.
  • 1936 to 1943: worked as a pastor of the Sandager-Holevad Benefice, the Diocese of Funen.
  • 1943: after several attempts, he successfully defended his higher-doctoral dissertation, The Epistemological Conflict between Transcendental Idealism and Theology ('Den erkendelsesteoretiske konflikt mellem den transcendeltalfilosofiske idealisme og teologien'). The dissertation attacks Neo-Kantian epistemology, which Løgstrup considered to be an exponent of the prevailing assumption that the meaning of life consists in man-made culture. He contrasts this with the Jewish-Christian understanding of life, which in his opinion consists in life as created by God already having content and meaning ahead of any culture.
  • Later this year, he was appointed Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at The Faculty of Theology, University of Aarhus, which post he held until his retirement in 1975.
  • During World War II he took issue with the Danish government's policy of collaboration with the German occupying power, first by correspondence with his friend, Professor of Theology Hal Koch, later also in public.
  • From 1942 he participated in the illegal resistance against the Germans and from August 1944 until the end of the war in May 1945 he had to go underground.