Flemish Sartre is dead
Jaap Kruithof launched a crusade against the consumer society and environmental pollution and castigated the demise of our industries.
The prominent Flemish philosopher Jaap Kruithof has died at the age of 79. Until 1995 Kruithof lectured in Ethics and Philosophy at Ghent University.
Together with Leo Apostel and Etienne Vermeersch he forms part of the top three of Flemish philosophers.
As a young boy he hoped to become a Protestant minister, but soon lost his faith and became an atheist.
At one time he hoped for a career in music. He played the piano, but nerves got the better of him. He also loved to compose music.
Finally, Kruithof decided to read history at Ghent University. Later he also studied philosophy.
Together with Leo Apostel he founded the influential Moral Sciences department.
He was also involved in the founding of the freethinkers' association Humanistisch Verbond (Humanist Association).
Labour and neo-liberalism were constant themes in his books.
Kruithof shone in debates. He launched a crusade against the consumer society and environmental pollution and castigated the demise of our industries.
The philosopher was the prototype of the 'bolshie' left-winger.