This is slightly embarassing.
I have no philosophical qualifications, only an amateur interest in philosophical
matters. However, "amateur" means someone who loves a subject, and philosophy
means the love of wisdom, so amateur philosophy cannot be completely wrong.
did study philosophy formally in the Institute of Christian Studies in Toronto
back in 1972, but dropped out after a couple of months due to their taking an
indordinately long time (60 minutes) in studying the opening word, which was a
moderately undistinguished example of the use of the the definite article, in
a book of about 2000 pages. The ICS was based on the philosophy of Hermann Dooyeweerd,
a Dutch Reformed Christian philosopher. Although I stopped being a Christian soon
after, after deciding that if Ian Paisley was a Christian, I had better choose
not to be a Christian, Dooyewerd's philosophy remains a strong influence, because
he portrayed all the arts and sciences laid out in a spectrum, rather than ranged
against each other, and unified in the reality at the core of human existence.
This seemed appealing, and even more so, when years later, I discovered that a
fellow student at the ICS who had ploughed on with the philosophy, Dr
Glenn Friesen had discovered that Dooyeweerd had drawn his philosophy from
a mystic by the name of Franz Xaver von Baader (1765-1841). Needless to say, the
protestant community of philosophers did not thank Glenn for this discovery.
own original contribution is far more modest, having to do with the nature of
work, in its physical, biological and economic sense, although it does come to
a surprising, radical and optimistic conclusion. It owes to Dooyeweerd the ability
to deal with physics, biology and economics, since he sees philosophy as the matrix
in which the various sciences can find a common language. It is here.