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Jesse De Boer Collection



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Title: Jesse De Boer Collection, 1931-1985

ID: COLL/040

Primary Creator: De Boer, Jesse (1912-1990)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Calvin Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Calvin College, De Vos, Peter, Fuller Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Jellema, William Harry, 1893-1982, Konyndyk, Kenneth J., 1942-1994, Kuiper, Rienk Bouke, 1886-1966


Calvin graduate with philosophy major, 1933; and professor of philosophy at University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. The collection includes lecture notes taken in the classes of W. H. Jellema and R. B. Kuiper; correspondence between J. De Boer and Provost Peter A. De Vos; letters from Jesse de Boer to Ken Konyndyk; and publications.

Biographical Note

Jesse De Boer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 28, 1912. De Boer attended Calvin with as a philosophy major and graduated in 1933. Then went to the University of Illinois to receive his Masters. De Boer pursued a career as a college instructor. From 1935-1939, De Boer was an instructor at Calvin College. In 1938, he married Catherine P. Rooze and together they had two children. In 1942, De Boer received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.  De Boer then taught at Harvard and Radcliffe. Then De Boer went to teach philosophy at the University of Kentucky until his retirement in 1977. De Boer passed away on May 25, 1990.

Subject/Index Terms

Calvin Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Calvin College
De Vos, Peter
Fuller Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Jellema, William Harry, 1893-1982
Konyndyk, Kenneth J., 1942-1994
Kuiper, Rienk Bouke, 1886-1966

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.50 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of the J. de Boer family

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Lectures and letters, 1931-1985],
[Series 2: Publications, 1953-1982],

Series 2: Publications --- 1953-1982
Box 1
Folder 12: "Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: A Self-Study Guide," (Philosophy 260) --- 1972
Folder 13: "A Critique of Continuity, Infinity, and Allied Concepts in the Natural Philosophy of Bergson and Russell." Chap.4 in The Return to Reason. Chicago: Henry Regnery --- 1953
Folder 14: "First Steps in Mysticism." Chap. in Faith and Philosophy, Philosophical Studies in Religion and Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans --- 1964
Folder 15: Paper, "Plato's Dialectic after Deflating the Theory of Forms" --- 1977
Folder 16
Item 1: "Comments of Professor Wild's Paper." Phenomenology: Pure and Applied. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press --- 1964
Item 2: "Soren Kierkegaard's (S.K.'s) Affinity for Don Juan," Aiathesis and Aesthetics. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press --- 1970
Folder 17
Item 1: "Professor Van Til's Apologetics" Pts. 1 Calvin Forum pg. 7-12 --- Aug-Sept 1953
Item 2: "Professor Van Til's Apologetics," Pts. 2 Calvin Forum pg. 27-34 --- Oct 1953
Item 3: "Professor Van Til's Apologetics," Pts. 3 Calvin Forum pg. 51-57 --- Nov 1953
Folder 18
Item 1: "Notes on the Logic of Theological Language," Reformed Journal pg. 11-12 --- Mar-57
Item 2: "'We' in Modern Philosophy," Reformed Journal pg. 12-17 --- Apr-60
Item 3: "What Faith is Like," Reformed Journal pg. 6-9 --- July-Aug 1961
Item 4: "Some 'truths of Faith,'" Pts. 1-2 Reformed Journal pg. 16-20; 12-17 --- July, August 1977
Folder 19
Item 1: "Filling a Gap in Mr. Crombie's Examination," Quarterly Review of Psychology and Philosophy pg. 127-130 --- Jan-68
Item 2: "Plato's Progress,"  Quarterly Review of Psychology and Philosophy pg. 75-86 --- Fall 1967
Folder 20: ["Reply to Plantinga"] Reformed Journal pg. 24-25 --- April 1982
Folder 21: Unpublished book review, "The Stories of Jesus' Birth." Review of the birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke, by Raymond E. Brown --- 1982

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