After the liberation the process of normalization set in, including the purification of all institutions. Here Brouwer was punished for his independent position in wartime; he was in fact suspended for a couple of months, which he considered a gross insult. Moreover, his colleagues used the occasion to take over the power in the faculty. Although Brouwer fiercely opposed the new policies of the faculty and the department, his influence was limited. He was even sidetracked in the running of his own journal, Compositio; he used to speak of “the theft of my journal”. The days of his domination were over. A most welcome balm for his wounded feelings was a standing invitation to lecture on intuitionism in Cambridge. He also returned to his research. This time he published a number of papers on extensions of his previous intuitionistic œvre, and a few substantial expositions of his philosophical and foundational views. A planned monograph based on his Cambridge lectures appeared only posthumously.


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  • Dirk van Dalen
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUtrecht UniversityUtrechtNetherlands

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