Dr. J. Glenn Friesen

Herman Dooyeweerd:
De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee

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List of Notes

De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee Volume I
Prism of Cosmic Time
Law and Subject

De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee Volume II
The Gegenstand
Dis-stasis/ Synthesis
Intuition and Time
Conceptual Limits
Horizon and Levels
God, Self and Cosmos

© J. Glenn Friesen 2003.

Notes regarding WdW I, 34-36

1. Corresponds to NC I, 22-24.

2. I, 35. Without thought, our human selfhood cannot reveal itself in the temporal coherence of the world. That is a remarkable statement. I think that he means that our acts within temporal reality always include the logical aspect. Dooyeweerd follows this up with the statement that our thought can never be disconnected from our (supratemporal) selfhood.

3. I, 35 Man transcends the temporal coherence in his selfhood. But we move [verkeren] within the temporal coherence in the state of being fitted into or bound to (cosmic) time. What is meant by this "movement?" Baader refers to our moving out of our supratemporal selfhood into the temporal world. This movement is usually caused by wonder. We move out of our enstasis. This moving out is an ex-stasis. It can be to either a higher realm or the lower temporal realm. Dooyeweerd also speaks of there being a descent to the temporal. But Dooyeweerd also speaks of the beatific vision of the higher realm.

4. In I, 36 he uses the interesting phrase of "orientation to the diversity of meaning." We need to be oriented to temporal diversity of meaning because Dooyeweerd begins with the unity of our supratemporal selfhood.

5. I, 36. Scientific thought explicitly or articulately distinguishes the aspects form each other.