Johan Huizinga

(1872_1945 / Groningen)

Johan Huizinga
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Johan Huizinga (Groningen, December 7, 1872 – De Steeg, February 1, 1945), was a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history.

Life

Born in Groningen as the son of Dirk Huizinga, a professor of physiology, and Jacoba Tonkens, who died two years after his birth, he started out as a student of Indo-Germanic languages, earning his degree in 1895. He then studied comparative linguistics, gaining a good command of Sanskrit. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the role of the jester in Indian drama in 1897.

It was not until 1902 that his interest turned towards medieval and Renaissance history. He continued teaching as an Orientalist until he ... more »

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  • ''There are no instances known to me of cultures having forsaken Truth or renounced the understanding in its widest sense.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 10 (1936).
  • ''A crude mind could easily think: something is valid, therefore it is true.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 10 (1936).
  • ''All seemingly profound thinking which passes for realism, because it conveniently does away with all troublesome principles, has a great attraction for the adolescent mind.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 11 (1936).
  • ''The new knowledge has not yet settled in culture. It has not yet been integrated in a new cosmic conception.''
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 6 (1936).
  • Without claiming superiority of intellectual over visual understanding, one is nevertheless bound to admit that the cinema allows a number of æsthetic-intellectual means of perception to remain unexer...
    Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 7 (1936).
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