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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Saturday, 21 January 2006

Friesen, Dooyeweerd and the Encyclopedia of the Science of Law

Dooyeweerd's Encyclopedia of the Science of Law Volume 1 , translated and published in 2002, has come under scrutiny by Glenn Friesen. Glenn has examined the first 100 or so pages of the first volume and has found some problems with the translation and interpretatrion of Dooyeweerd. Glenn maintains:

There are also many statements in the Introduction and in the footnotes to the text that attempt to “correct” Dooyeweerd’s philosophy. These statements are based on philosophical ideas that are not Dooyeweerd’s own.

To a large extent, these attempts to correct Dooyeweerd appear to be a result of the longstanding tendency in reformational philosophy to interpret Dooyeweerd’s philosophy in terms of the philosophical framework developed by his brother in law, Dirk Vollenhoven.

Glenn has done Dooyeweerd studies a great service by making public his critique here, it was originally submited to the Dooyeweerd Centre, and no doubt there will be further discussion.
[HT Theo Plantinga Thinknet]


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