e are exceptionally pleased to have received the following six articles for the Reformational Scholarship Page from Prof Daniel F. M. Strauss, attached to the Dean's Office of the Faculty of the Humanities of The University of the Free State in South Africa. These articles represent Reformational Scholarship at the highest level of systematic articulation.

The articles range from the particularly insightful 1982 article on The Place and Meaning of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (1781) in the Legacy of Western Philosophy, to the recent outstanding article from 2006, Infinity and Continuity: The mutual dependence and distinctness of multiplicity and wholeness. The four articles that find their place between these two latter articles represent some of Prof Strauss’s most significant contributions to Reformational Scholarship. Indeed, the article, An Analysis of the Structure of Analysis, is without doubt one of the most important reflections on the epistemology as well as the transcendental critique developed by Herman Dooyeweerd since the publication in English of Dooyeweerd’s New Critique of Theoretical Thought, and should be carefully studied by all those who are interested in Reformational thought.

It is in this latter article in particular (but evident in all his work) that the reader may see one of the defining characteristics of Prof Strauss’s approach, namely the employment of the Transcendental Empirical Method, coupled with the powerful method of "immanent criticism." By adhering strictly to this approach, an analysis of Dooyeweerd’s work can be undertaken that remains entirely within both the spirit and the letter of the text. Any resulting critique of a given point will then emerge as a coherent positive development of the internal structure of the systematic Gestalt.

Another exceptionally important aspect of these articles that needs to be highlighted is the issue of the nature and meaning of the relationship between a theoretical concept and a concept transcending idea. First elaborated in detail in his dissertation of 1973, Prof Strauss has gone on to develop the inferential consequences of concept and idea into one of the most important contributions not only to the development of Dooyeweerd’s systematic insight’s, but indeed, to Christian philosophical thought in the broadest and most comprehensive sense.

Each article is introduced by a short statement indicating the intention of the author in writing the piece, as well as a brief outline of the contribution it makes in terms of historical, systematic and special scientific insights and distinctions.

Kerry John Hollingsworth

  1. The Place and Meaning of Kant's Critique of pure reason (1781) in the Legacy of Western Philosophy.
    INTRODUCTION (Doc file, 44kb size)
    PDF (PDF file, 327kb size)

  2. An Analysis of the Structure of Analysis.
    INTRODUCTION (Doc file, 21kb size)
    PDF (PDF file, 514kb size)

  3. Kant and Modern Physics: The Synthetic A Priori and the Distinction between Modal Function and Entity.
    INTRODUCTION (Doc file, 42kb size)
    PDF (PDF file, 90kb size)

  4. The Ontological Status of the Principle of the Excluded Middle.
    INTRODUCTION (Doc file, 42kb size)
    PDF (PDF file, 117kb size)

  5. Eat it again for the first time”: Identity in a world of Change.
    INTRODUCTION (Doc file, 43kb size)
    PDF (PDF file, 241kb size)

  6. Infinity and Continuity: The mutual dependence and distinctness of multiplicity and wholeness.
    INTRODUCTION (Doc file, 20kb size)
    PDF (PDF file, 226kb size)



SELECT ESSAYS OF ALBERT WEIDEMAN

n his foreword to A New Critique of Theoretical Thought, Dooyeweerd insisted that “I am strongly convinced that for the fruitful working out of this philosophy, in a genuinely scientific manner, there is needed a staff of fellow-laborers who would be in a position independently to think through its basic ideas in the special sciences.” Indeed, Dooyeweerd states that “It is a matter of life and death for this young philosophy that Christian scholars in all fields of science seek to put it to work in their own speciality.”

It was central to Dooyeweerd’s enterprise that his systematic philosophy could be shown to be an evocation from the empirical permutations of reality, and not just some abstract “rational” construct. He practiced what he preached, and hence, quite apart from the articles that encompass a significant portion of the encyclopedia of the special sciences, he produced a five volume Encyclopedia of the Science of Law. In this work he attempted to show how his systematic philosophy would function concretely in the analysis of the special science of jurisprudence. This multi-volume work is perhaps the clearest statement of Dooyeweerd’s position. The fact that this clarity arises precisely in the context of such a profoundly empirical science needs to be underlined. If you want to see Dooyeweerd’s systematics displayed in the clearest possible manner, I therefore recommend that the reader take up the Encyclopedia of The Science of Law, or the much shorter works, The Struggle for a Christian Politics, and The Crisis of The Humanistic Theory of The State, rather than The New Critique. In fact, it was Dooyeweerd’s own success in employing his philosophical systematics in the analysis of the science of law that emphasized the necessity for a “staff of fellow-laborers” who would similarly “think through the basic ideas of the special sciences” right across the board.

Few fellow-laborers have demonstrated an ability to think through the basic ideas of thePhilosophy of the Cosmonomic Idea in the special sciences as has Albert Weideman. Prof. Weideman has “put to work this young philosophy” with nothing less than exemplary results. Both in the articles that follow below, and in a shortly to be published book, Beyond Expression: A Systematic Study of the Foundations of Linguistics, Weideman has in fact demonstrated with consummate clarity how the the systematic employment of the Cosmonomic Idea in the special science of linguistics yields surprisingly significant results. (Interested readers will be able to pursue the results of Weideman’s work in the above mentioned book).

From the very beginning of his reflections on the foundations of applied linguistics Weideman was made aware of the mutually supportive nature of analysis carried out in the various special sciences from the PCI position. It was his close reading of Egbert Schuurman’s analysis of technology that demonstrated to him that just as technology cannot be understood as merely the neutral and objective application of science, so too applied linguistics cannot be seen as a similar form of simple technological application devoid of philosophical roots. The point was also driven home when Weideman began to focus specifically on linguistics as such. Here the work Wysbegeerte en vakwetenskap (Philosophy and the Special Sciences) by Danie Strauss demonstrated not just the saliency of Dooyeweerd’s systematics, but also the necessary responsibility for those in the specific scientific disciplines to be about the work of unpacking their empirical contents in a systematically coherent fashion.

As in the case of Dooyeweerd’ Encyclopedia of the Science of Law, it is no doubt the commitment to a non-reductive empirical analysis that is possessed of a critical insight into the philosophical roots of the discipline that evokes the systematic clarity that is so evident in all Weideman’s articles and books.

Finally, the systematic saliency of the PCI, Weideman argues, can be observed best in what can perhaps be called its most important characteristic, namely its ability to provide a true entrée into, and appreciation of, the substantive work of other colleagues in his field, whatever their perspective happened to be. Stated in other words, instead of dogmatically rejecting or shutting down communication, reformational philosophy provides the analyst in a special science with the where-with-all to truly engage in open, appreciative communication. In this latter respect, Weideman’s work on Chomsky is of particular significance.

In sum, then, one could hardly ask for a better example of the “fellow-laborer” that Dooyeweerd first called for in the original Dutch edition of the New Critique in 1935.

  1. Three Journeys: One Tradition 1977a.
    PDF (PDF file, 100kb size)

  2. Philosophical Elements in Four Quartets 1977b.
    PDF (PDF file, 105kb size)

  3. Theses on P. A. Verburg’s Linguistic Theory 1979.
    PDF (PDF file, 19,9kb size)

  4. Faith and Objectivity in Linguistic Science 1991.
    PDF (PDF file,46,4kb size)

  5. Five Generations of Applied Linguistics: Some Framework Issues.
    PDF (PDF file, 109kb size)

  6. The Old and The New: Reconsidering Eclecticism in Language Teaching 2001.
    PDF (PDF file, 98,6kb size)

  7. Towards Accountability: A Point of Orientation for Post-Modern Applied Linguistics in the Third Millennium 2003.
    PDF (PDF file, 114kb size)

  8. A Systematically Significant Episode in Applied Linguistics 2006.
    PDF (PDF file, 97,2kb size)

  9. The Redefinition of Applied Linguistics: Modernist and Post-Modernist Views 2006.
    PDF (PDF file, 144kb size)

  10. Overlapping and Divergent Agendas: Writing and Applied Linguistics Research 2007.
    PDF (PDF file,109kb size)

  11. A Responsible Agenda for Applied Linguistics: Confessions of A Philosopher 2007.
    PDF (PDF file, 160kb size)

  12. The Idea of Lingual Economy (Illustrated)
    PDF (PDF file, 130kb size)

  13. The Idea of Lingual Economy (Text)
    PDF (PDF file, 1.36mb size)

GENERAL PCI SOURCE MATERIAL


he following is the beginnings of a list of URLs to articles, extended papers, lectures, thematic commentary and the suchlike that are written in the tradition of the PCI. I would be happy to receive any information on articles written in the PCI tradition from any of our readers. It is our hope that over time this list will develop into a valuable resource.

Keeping in mind that the various points of entry into the Creation Order are neither “abstract aspects,” nor are identifiable with particular special sciences (e.g. The Numerical point of entry to creation does NOT = the mathematical sciences) in that no particular point of entry to creation is exclusively concerned with its own specificity, but rather is concerned with the coherence of the created order in its entirety as reflected through a given point of entry, I have taken the liberty of using the standard modal delimiting rubrics in order for those who wish to engage in analysis of the integral creation order through one or another of these entry points can see what is available in their area of interest.

  • The Numerical Point Of Entry To Creation:

    - The Philosophy of the Law Idea and the Role of the Pre-scientific in Statistical Inference.
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  • The Spacial Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Kinematic Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Physical Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Biotical Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Psychical Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Historial Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • he Point Of Entry To Creation From The Sign Mode
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  • The Societal Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Economic Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Aesthetic Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Juridical Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Ethical Point Of Entry To Creation
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  • The Certitudinal Point Of Entry To Creation
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