Series A Books

I: A New Critique of Theoretical Thought
(4 Volumes - taken together 2205 pages - Numbers A1, A2, A3, and A4)

Description: Although intended as a translation of the Dutch magnum opus this English version of the main systematic work of Dooyeweerd in many respects turned out to be a new work.


A1: Volume I (566 pp.) Available (click here for an excerpt)

(List price: US$139.95, Book Plan price: US$55.98)

contains a fundamental critique of the long-lasting (rationalistic) belief that theoretical thought is autonomous - supplemented by an extensive analysis of the development of modern humanistic philosophy showing that it is in the grip of the supra-theoretical basic ground-motive of nature and freedom (science-ideal versus personality-ideal). In addition it investigates the relationship between philosophy and world- and life-view as well as an initial assessment of the foundational influence of philosophical conceptions on the various academic disciplines ("special sciences"). [ISBN 0-7734-8707-7]


A2: Volume II (598 pp.) Available (click here for an excerpt)

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develops a philosophically original understanding of properties and functional relations between things, events and societal relationships in reality, subsumed under the general idea of a unique "sphere of laws" or a "law-sphere". Not only are these aspects/law-spheres/modalities of reality unique and irreducible, but at once they also reflect within themselves structural moments referring analogically to all the other modes - thus evincing the equally primary coherence between all aspects of reality. In his general theory of the modal law-spheres Dooyeweerd addresses numerous perennial philosophical issues relevant for diverse academic disciplines, including the reality of the deepening, disclosing and unfolding of the meaning of aspects. This volume contains a more detailed account of his theory of knowledge (epistemology) - where he raises (even before the analytic philosopher Quine did so) questions about the well-known (Kantian) distinction between analytic and synthetic propositions. [ISBN 0-7734-8709-3]


A3: Volume III (784 pp.) Available (click here for an excerpt)

(List price: US$159.95, Book Plan price: US$63.98)

sets out to analyze the structure of individual totalities, i.e. things, processes and societal institutions and relationships that in principle function in all the modal aspects of reality discussed in volume II. In this volume Dooyeweerd accounts for the idea of an entity that cannot be described exhaustively through the gateway of any abstracted aspect in which it has a function. The idea of an individual whole (technically designated as an individuality-structure) as it is given in our concrete everyday experience precedes its theoretical analysis. Once again Dooyeweerd introduces a radically new insight by distinguishing between what he calls the basic function (foundational function) and the guiding function (qualifying function) of structures of individuality. The scope of this analysis cuts through all existing academic disciplines. Natural things, living entities, the human being, human society (undifferentiated societies and a comprehensive structural analysis of the state, church, family, marriage and different forms of interlacement within a differentiated society) as well as objectified things in nature and culture are treated. These three volumes actually serve to lay the foundation for his three volume work on the nature of being human, i.e. his philosophical anthropology, as it is developed in Reformation and Scholasticism in Philosophy (description below). [ISBN 0-7734-8711-5]


A4: Volume IV (257 pp.) Available

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Contains an extensive Index to the above mentioned three volumes. [ISBN 0-7734-8713-1]

II: Reformation and Scholasticism in Philosophy
(3 Volumes - taken together approximately 990 pages - Numbers A5, A6, and A7)

These three volumes pursue the dialectical development of Greek and Medieval philosophy with a focus upon anthropological questions in the broad philosophical sense of the term, and conclude in the third volume by accounting for various issues emerging from anthropology and natural philosophy.


A5: Reformation and Scholasticism in Philosophy, Vol.I (appr. 380 pp.) (click here for an excerpt)

Description: In this volume Dooyeweerd first gives a general characterization of the difference between theoretical and central religious dialectics and then proceeds with an analysis of the dialectical development of pre-Platonic philosophy as motivated by the form-matter ground-motive. It is concluded with a penetrating discussion of the entire development of Plato's thought. [ISBN 0-7734-8736-0] (Click here to read a review)


A6: Reformation and Scholasticism in Philosophy, Vol.II (appr. 370 pp.) (click here for an excerpt)

Description: This volume commences by explaining the intentions of an intrinsically reformational philosophy. It is followed by a discussion of theological criticism of Dooyeweerd's philosophy (including the issue of a reformational Philosophy and the Reformed Confession) in order to unveil the point of contact between philosophy and the Christian religion and to oppose the standpoint of accommodation in theological scholastic philosophy. The Logos-theory and two diverging lines in Kuyper's thought are investigated, upon which the insights of his (transcendental) critique of knowledge is applied to an assessment of the whole Thomistic doctrine of an analogy of being (analogia entis) and of a natural theology (including Thomas Aquinas' `proofs' for the existence of God). After a brief discussion of the development of humanistic thought Dooyeweerd enters into an analysis of the basic structures of reality - amongst other things confronting the traditional Aristotelian-Thomistic concept of substance with his idea of the structural wholeness of individual things (as determined by their individuality-structures). The status of theological reflection, treated within the context of the tug of war between the faculties, concludes this volume. [ISBN 0-7734-8738-7]


A7: Reformation and Scholasticism in Philosophy, Vol.III (appr. 240 pp.) (click here for an excerpt)

Description: The subtitle of this volume is: NATURAL PHILOSOPHY AND ANTHROPOLOGY. The first half discusses the basic distinction between matter, plants and animals - in confrontation with diverse trends in natural philosophy - whereas the second half of this volume presents the position of being human in the temporal world within the context of the task of a philosophic anthropology. Particular attention is dedicated to the normative act-structure of the human being (amongst others Scheler's views are analyzed), while the Genesis-account (the `days' of creation and time-measurement) and the modern neo-Darwinian theory of evolution are also investigated. [ISBN 0-7734-8697-6]

III: Encyclopedia of the Science of Law
(5 Volumes - taken together approximately 1120 pages - Numbers A8, A9, A10, A11 and A12)

This comprehensive work represents Dooyeweerd's own field of speciality.

A8: Encyclopedia of the Science of Law Volume 1: Introduction (appr. 250 pp. - published) (click here for an excerpt)

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Description: The Introduction may be seen as the most accessible and authentic orientation in his entire philosophy and it serves as the basis of the subsequent volumes treating the various foundational issues of Legal Science. [ISBN 0-7734-8699-2]

A9: Encyclopedia of the Science of Law: Historical Part (appr. 280 pp. - not published)

Description: This volume first of all treats the history of the concept of encyclopedia in general and then proceeds with an analysis of the concept encyclopedia of legal science in particular - from the post-Glossatorist Durantis and via thinkers like Donellus, Ramus, Bodin, Althusius and Kant up to more recent positivistic and natural law traditions. It then enters into a summary investigation into the meaning of the jural and its elimination in the legal conceptions of those philosophical schools that try to explain reality merely from certain absolutized aspects. This section serves as a penetrating exploration of the history of legal and political theories from ancient Greece up to the 20th century. [ISBN 0-7734-8701-8]

A10: Encyclopedia of the Science of Law: Systematic Part A (appr. 260 pp. - not published) (click here for an excerpt)

Description: This volume contains the highly original and extremely profound analysis of the basic concepts of legal science. Dooyeweerd distinguishes between elementary basic concepts (i), complex basic concepts (ii), categorial relations (iii), and typical concepts (iv). The first three are discussed in this volume and the fourth in the systematic volume Part B. The concept of jural causation is used as an example of his new encyclopedic treatment of elementary basic concepts. The complex basic concepts discussed (in their historical emergence and systematic coherence) are that of legal subject, the doctrine of legal personality, that of (subjective) rights, and the conception of a legal object. The categorial relations introduced comprise that of law-side and its factual correlate, the jural subject-object relation, and the implications of the jural time-order (transitional or inter-temporal law). [ISBN 0-7734-8703-4]

A11: Encyclopedia of the Science of Law: Systematic Part B (appr. 190 pp. - not published)

Description: The important distinction between public and private law constitutes the first part of this volume. Dooyeweerd deepens the traditional understanding of this distinction by articulating a principial difference within the domain of private law: civil and non-civil private law. Though indissolubly cohering with the domain of public law (comprising the Law of Nations, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Criminal Law Procedure), private law itself is constituted by the fundamental difference between the internal legal domain (sphere of competence) of the different non-political societal institutions (such as the firm, school, family, religious denominations) and the inter-relations (on an equal footing, over and against each other) between individuals and various societal institutions and voluntary organizations. The second part of this volume deals with the sources of law and the interlacement between differently structured legal domains. Special attention is given to the element material competence in the concept of a legal source, the nature of non-civil coordinational law, and to the structure of civil and non-civil process law and their intertwinements. [ISBN 0-7734-8705-0]

A12: Encyclopedia of the Science of Law: Revised (unfinished) Introduction (appr. 330 pp. - not published) (click here for an excerpt)

Description: Dooyeweerd transformed his initial Introduction substantially - apparently as part of an overall aim the restructure and finalize the whole Encyclopedia of Legal Science for publication. In addition to systematic improvements, important systematic perspective were added to this volume - not contained in the initial version. This accounts for the fact that although about 40% of the original Introduction is absent from this transformed version, its unfinished size exceeds the original Introduction with almost 100 pages. [ISBN 0-7734-8650-X]