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Dooyeweerd Pages - Links to External Thinking

This subsite of The Dooyeweerd Pages contains discussions on how Dooyeweerdian thinking might link to thinking outside the Dooyeweerdian community, providing comment thereon and itself being refined by such thinking. Dooyeweerd believed:

"It is a matter of life and death for this young philosophy that ... scholars in all fields of science seek to put it to work in their own specialty." Herman Dooyeweerd, A New Critique of Theoretical Thought, Vol I, p.vii.

Much mainstream philosophy moves forward by reacting to earlier thought. Dooyeweerd was not content merely to react to other thought, because it narrows the thinking down. He wanted an understanding that respects all reality {Note 1} - including the reality of our activity of understanding. Call his desire 'totalising'? Call it 'holistic'? Whatever! Since Dooyeweerd started from pre-theoretical experience rather than a philosophical theory, and did so in a critical way that recognises the diversity and coherence of that experience, it is not surprising that almost everything that has been discussed by other thinkers through the ages is within the remit of Dooyeweerd's thinking {Note 2}. So it is no surprise to find echoes reverberating back and forth between Dooyeweerd and many other thinkers. The echo affirms the thought of the other thinker, but at the same time critiques it and enriches it. (This might surprise some followers of Dooyeweerd who see his thought as antithetical to other thought.)

So my approach to commenting on other thinking is to both affirm and question that thinking. Affirmation is appropriate because, in a multi-aspectual cosmos created by God, almost all thought contains useful or valid insights. Questioning is appropriate because all thought is contaminated by flawed presuppositions or even human sin and pride, and is based on flawed worldviews and paradigms. For a longer discussion of comparing with other thinkers, click here. We look for:

This drawer is an attempt to separate this comment from the main pages, for sake of clarity. There are still bits of comment in the main drawer which, I hope, will gradually be moved in here. But at present we have comments on the following:

The page on Using Dooyeweerdian Thinking also furnishes examples of links with external thinking.


1. That is, as far as reality is susceptible to being understood. He found fundamental reasons why some reality, such as the human self, cannot be understood.

2. Some of it has yet to be thought through, of course, while other matters, especially to do with the juridical aspect and the state, were subjected to intensive thought by Dooyeweerd himself.

Compiled by Andrew Basden, as part of The Dooyeweerd Pages, which explain, explore and discuss Dooyeweerd's interesting philosophy. These pages discuss how Dooyeweerd's thought might relate to or compare with that of other thinkers - whether they be philosophers, scientists, commentators or just people in the public eye. Comments and queries are very welcome.

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