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Other TitlesUnfinished Business: Toward a Reformational Conception of Truth
Dooyeweerd's Conception of Truth: Exposition and Critique
AbstractA transformed idea of truth is central to the project of reformational philosophy. This paper lays groundwork for such an idea by critically retrieving Herman Dooyeweerd’s conception of truth. Section 1 explicates relevant passages in A New Critique of Theoretical Thought. Section 2 demonstrates several problems in Dooyeweerd’s conception: he misconstrues religious truth, misconceives its relation to theoretical truth, and overlooks central questions of epistemology and truth theory. Section 3 proposes an alternative reformational conception of truth, in five stages. First I compare my “critical hermeneutics” with other reformational models of critique. Then I summarize my account of artistic truth and indicate its origins in reformational ontology. Next I sketch my general conception of truth and show how it responds to issues in Dooyeweerd’s conception. Then I take up the topics of objectivity and propositional truth. Finally I introduce the notion of “authentication” as a way to appropriate insights from Dooyeweerd’s emphasis on “standing in the Truth.” While abandoning his idea of transcendent truth, I seek to preserve the holism and normativity of Dooyeweerd’s radical conception.
CitationZuidervaart, Lambert. "After Dooyeweerd: Truth in Reformational Philosophy." Toronto: Institute for Christian Studies, 2008. Accessed November 11, 2013 from http://ir.icscanada.edu/icsir/handle/10756/305241
DescriptionThis paper is the long version or “director’s cut” of two essays published by the journal Philosophia Reformata under the titles “Dooyeweerd’s Conception of Truth: Exposition and Critique” and “Unfinished Business: Toward a Reformational Conception of Truth.” First drafted in the summer of 2007, the paper was revised in the summer of 2008 after the two journal articles were accepted for publication.
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