I first met Wolfgang Yourgrau in the spring of 1950 at a philosophical congress held at the University of Cape Town. The congress, which was said to be the first of its kind ever held in the country, attracted philosophers from all over the Union of South Africa, as it then was. I had not expected to enjoy an occasion on which I felt likely to be swamped by alien outlooks, Afrikaans-speaking existentialists, and Calvinist theologians from the high veldt. But I need not have worried. Wolfgang’s enthusiasm, wit, friendliness, and general ebullience made the occasion a worthwhile one for me and, indeed, for most of the conference members.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. O’Connor
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  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterEngland

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