Herman Dooyeweerd

In my paper "Herman Dooyeweerd: A Profile of his Thought" I argue that three major criticisms can be made of Dooyeweerd's philosophy:

  1. He uncritically accepts the Cartesian position that epistemology is the foundation of philosophy.
  2. His epistemology is psychologistic.
  3. 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.)


  • Antoni Diller, "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. If you are using Safari and find this PDF document difficult to read, then download it and read it with Preview. It's clearly displayed in Google Chrome. I haven't tried it in other browsers.

© Antoni Diller (22 March 2014)