Jac van Essen

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Jac van Essen (* 1908 ; † 1989 ) was a Dutch philosopher and psychologist who represented a direction known as the Curiency philosophy.

Live and act

Essen qualified as Dr. med. habil. and became known for his clinical psychology . Like Viktor E. Frankl , Erich Fromm , Fritz Perls , Ruth Cohn and Jacob Levi Moreno , he is assigned to humanistic psychology .

Wolfgang Saaman summarizes van Essen's concerns of the Curiency philosophy as follows: “The thinker is eager to learn about what moves him and his fellow men. The programmatic objective aims to promote the careful handling of people in all relationships. In doing so, you shouldn't get caught up in the search for the ideal person you need to meet the challenges ahead. It is more about a constant reassessment of people as they are and probably always will be, but with an increasingly humanized perspective. "

The organs of the direction established by van Essen were from 1974 to 1979 the journal for the philosophy of curia and scientific criticism , followed by the journal Philosophia curientica / Center d'etudes philosophiques .

Works (selection)

  • Guide to curientive psychology. Introduction to the basic ideas of a new Dutch psychology school as well as their importance for social science and education. Haarlem University Press, 1970.
  • That is the philosophy of curience. Lecture from August 27, 1978. Reprinted from the Zeitschrift für Curienzphilosophie. Center d'Etudes Philos.


  • Michael Baldauf: The image of the human being in view of the concept of all humanity in Jac van Essen: an inquiry to the contemporary thinkers of humanity from the point of view of the Curiency philosophy. Dissertation. Bonn: Bonner-Werbe-GmbH, 1997, 159 pages. ISBN 3-87198-088-9

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Wolfgang Saaman : Achievement from culture. Springer, 2012, p. 183. ISBN 9783834938381
  2. Wolfgang Saaman : Achievement from culture. Springer Verlag 2012 ( ISBN 9783834938381 ) pp. 184-185
  3. ISSN 0249-1699
  4. ISSN 0249-1680