In my paper "Herman Dooyeweerd: A Profile of his Thought" I argue that three major criticisms can be made of Dooyeweerd's philosophy:
- He uncritically accepts the Cartesian position that epistemology is the foundation of philosophy.
- His epistemology is psychologistic.
- The theory of the law-spheres is a straight-jacket into which reality is forced to fit.
Concerning this last point, I'm reminded of one of the claims made of the Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "In cases of major discrepancy it's always reality that's got it wrong." (Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe [London, Pan, 1980], p. 35.)
"Herman Dooyeweerd: A Profile of his Thought",
Spectrum, vol. 22 (1990), pp. 139–154.
Herman Dooyeweerd: A Profile of his Thought
is available in PDF format.
- Richard Russell defends Dooyeweerd against my criticisms in his paper "In Defence of Dooyeweerd and of Christian Philosophy", Spectrum, vol. 23.2 (1991), pp. 147–159.
- My paper is cited in Steve Bishop's article "A history of the Reformational Movement in Britain. II: The Post-World-War II years to the end of the Twentieth Century", KOERS — Bulletin for Christian Scholarship, vol. 81.1 (2016), pp. 1–20, but it's missing from the bibliography!
- My paper is mentioned several times on this website: Introduzione alla filosofia riformata. Unfortunately, the author refers to me as "Dillier" in the body of the piece, though my name is spelt correctly in the list of references.
© Antoni Diller (22 June 2018)