Philosophy

 

 

 

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.

I 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.

My 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. Enjoy.

 
© 2001 R. Lawson