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 (22 June 2018)