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Chronology

A chronology of Løgstrup’s life


1905

(September 2) Born in Copenhagen, Denmark

1923–30

Studies Theology at the University of Copenhagen while also following lectures at Philosophy, in particular Frithiof Brandt’s series of lectures on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason 

1930–35

Research visits at various universities, mainly in Germany, but also in France, Switzerland, and Austria

1932

Awarded the gold medal for his prize essay (similar to a PhD dissertation) on Max Scheler’s phenomenological approach to ethics: An Exposition and Evaluation of Max Scheler’s: ‘Formalism in Ethics and Material Ethics of Value’ 

1935

Marriage to Rosemarie Pauly

1936–43

Returns to Denmark. Lutheran pastor on Funen. Becomes part of the Tidehverv movement

1943

Defends his higher doctoral dissertation The Epistemological Conflict Between Transcendental Idealism and Theology. Becomes Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at Aarhus University, Denmark

1944

Goes underground for the remainder of WWII due to his involvement in the resistance movement

1948

Earliest signs of disagreement with Tidehverv

1950

Gives a series of lectures on Kierkegaard and Heidegger at the Freie Universität Berlin, published the same year as Kierkegaard’s and Heidegger’s Analysis of Existence and its Relation to Proclamation

1956

Publishes The Ethical Demand

1961

Breaks with Tidehverv (final break in 1964)

Publishes Arts and Ethics

Becomes a member of The Danish Academy

1968

Publishes Controverting Kierkegaard (introducing the concept of the sovereign expressions of life)

1971 

Publishes Ethical Concepts and Problems as a contribution to an anthology on Ethics and Christian faith (published as a book in 1996)

1972

Publishes Norm and Spontaneity

1974

Awarded the Amalienborg Prize

1976 

Publishes Breadth and Fullness, the first volume of the Metaphysics I-IV series

1978 

Publishes Metaphysics IV: Creation and Annihilation

1981

Dies on November 20 in his home in Hyllested, north-east of Aarhus

1982

Posthumous publication of System and Symbol

1983

Posthumous publication of Metaphysics II: Art and Knowledge

1984

Posthumous publication of Metaphysics III: Source and Surroundings

1987

Posthumous publication of Solidarity and Love and other Essays