Reformational Philosophy


After the international Reformational Philosophy Conference 2021, several new initiatives arose. More information about those activities can be found on this page.

Every five years, the Foundation for Christian Philosophy organizes a competition for the Herman Dooyeweerd Prize. The prize is an award for work in the field of systematic philosophy or the history of philosophy that most furthers the cause of Reformational philosophy (the philosophy of the cosmonomic idea). The prize was established by the board of the foundation on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Herman Dooyeweerd’s birthday (October 7, 1894).


The prize was previously awarded to Tapio Puolimatka (Finland) in 1994, to Kor Bril and Piet Boonstra (the Netherlands) in 2000, to John Kok (United States) in 2005, to Danie Strauss (Republic of South Africa) in 2011, and to Jonathan Chaplin (United Kingdom) in 2016.


The board hopes to award the prize again in 2022. A jury of four members will look at all eligible works published between 2017 and 2021 that are submitted to the secretary of the board before 1 January 2022. On 1 May 2022, the jury will advise the board on whether any of the submitted publications—and if so, which one—should be awarded the prize. The prize consists of a medal and a certificate. If the prize is awarded, this will take place at an appropriate occasion in the months after the board’s decision.


We warmly invite you to submit titles of published works that you believe to be eligible for the Herman Dooyeweerd Prize. Suggestions can be sent to the board’s secretary at before 1 January 2022.

International conference


Philosophy in the Reformed Tradition 2021

Celebrating the Heritage, Facing the Challenges, and Embracing the Future


From 8-11 December 2021, an international conference will be organized about ‘Philosophy in the Reformed Tradition’. This conference is organized by the Abraham Kuyper Center (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) All of Life Redeemed (AOLR) International Seminars Project and the Foundation for Christian Philosophy.

Read more about this conference.

In Memoriam: John Kok (1949-2020)

On the 5th of July 2020, John Kok passed away at the age of 71. He worked the largest part of his career at Dordt University in Sioux Center (Iowa, USA) as teacher of philosophy and also as Dean at various levels.

John Kok was actively involved in reformational philosophy, and represented the Association for Reformational Philosophy in the United States. In 1971, he came to The Netherlands to study philosophy at the Free University Amsterdam, where he obtained a PhD in 1992. During his time in Amsterdam, John Kok worked together with Hendrik van Riessen and Jacob Klapwijk.

John Kok was also active for the Vollenhoven Foundation, as member of the board. He did a lot of research to the early work of this founding father of reformational philosophy, and also translated parts of Vollenhoven’s work to English.

Click here to read a more extensive in memoriam on the website of the Institute for Christian Studies in Canada.


In Memoriam: Elaine Botha (1938-2020)

On the 8th of July 2020, Elaine Botha passed away. She was also internationally very active for reformational philosophy. She studied philosophy at the Free University Amsterdam, advised by Hendrik van Riessen and André Troost. Between 1995 and 2004, she was respectively vice-president and director of the Dooyeweerd Centre at Redeemer University in Canada. She also taught philosophy at different universities.

Later in life, Elaine Botha married the Dutch economist Bob Goudzwaard, with whom she lived in South-Africa.

Click here to read a more extensive in memoriam on the website of the Institute for Christian Studies in Canada.

The information about the courses of our professors is only available on our Dutch website


A Portuguese translation of the book Philosophy of Technology, written by Maarten Verkerk, Jan Hoogland, Jan van der Stoep and Marc de Vries, has just appeared. For more information and to order the book, please visit



Paideia Press comes with a new paperback edition of Dooyeweerd’s ‘New Critique of Theoretical Thought’.


Paideia Press director Kerry Hollingworth says that his company is working on volume one of the NCTT. ‘The cover is basically finished and the text is complete’, he says. However,  he continues, ‘there is still a question about whether the text is compliant with the printing protocols but we are getting close. We will be producing the set in four volumes rather than in the two double volumes we brought out in 1984. We have not yet set the price for these volumes but we are hoping that they will be somewhere in the twelve to fifteen dollar range.’


Keep an eye on our website for more upcoming news about this new book. 



Dooyeweerd in The Philippines

Romel Bagares reports (on Thinknet) from Manilla that Dooyeweerd is being taught on the national university of the Philippines:
‘Since August, Dooyeweerd is being officially taught in the Philippine’s only national university, the University of the Philippines, by an alumna of the VU master’s, Liza Lansang. She’s here on research for her PhD, officially housed in her former faculty, the Department of Political Science. As part of her duties, she was asked to teach a new elective on Political Theories and Methods, and she developed a course which she labelled “Worldviews and Politics.” I gave a small guest lecture in her class yesterday on international law and international relations from a Dooyeweerdian perspective.
First Time
As far as I know, this is the very first time Dooyeweerd is being taught in the Philippines at university level — and at the country’s premier university at that (which has a long history of radical politics and hard-nosed secularism). But Liza will only be teaching this for one term as she has to continue her research for her PhD in the US next year.
I do teach as well, at  a law school, and every now and then, I had been injecting a Dooyeweerdian flavor in my class discussions since I started teaching international law in 2009, but not as extensively as one can hope to do.
Liza and I had been discussing how we can continue this course after she leaves. The Department is beefing up its theory section as it looks to marking its centenary next years.’



On Reformation Day 2014 (31 Oct) the Theological University Kampen is honoured to have dr. Wright present at a conference devoted to his work. Wright is best known for the academic series Christian Origins and the Question of God. This series is widely regarded as pioneering and influential in the study of the New Testament. In 2010 the fourth part of the series appeared: Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Wright teaches at St. Mary’s College, the Theological Faculty of St. Andrews. Previously, he was the bishop of Durham in the Church of England (2003-2010).



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To learn more about the conference click here (English).

On Education, Inspiration and Inwardness in Kierkegaard and Levinas

Renée D. N. van Riessen

In the history of philosophy, from Plato to Hegel, the identification of knowledge and recollection has always been very influential. The present article demonstrates how Kierkegaard, reacting to this idea of identification, develops a different epistemology. As a result, recollection and eternity make room for a focus on the human relation to temporality and finiteness. This new, Christian, thinking about time is the underlying motive of the comparison which Kierkegaard (in Philosophical Fragments and Concluding Unscientific Postscript) makes between the teaching mission of Socrates and Christ’s teaching. Considering a number of parallels between the Christian thinker Kierkegaard and the Jewish philosopher Levinas, the author further explores the implications of their thought on education and inwardness. Generally speaking, there is agreement about the idea that education should lead to the cultivation of humanity. Kierkegaard’s as well as Levinas’ thought demonstrate that a philosophical articulation of the dimension of inwardness cannot be neglected in this context. In addition to this, the question must be raised how inwardness relates to exteriority and eternity.


1. Introduction

Kierkegaard was right: the ultimate choice is the one between the Socratic recollection and the Christian repetition: Christianity enjoins us to REPEAT the founding gesture of the primordial choice. (Žižek 2001, 148-159)

“You don’t know what you know”: this was the title of a well-known grammar book (Van Dort-Slijper et al. 1976) at the time when I studied Dutch language and literature. But it could just as well be a slogan summarizing the teaching of Socrates, since the basic principle of his teaching, the hypothesis so astonishingly demonstrated by Socrates in Plato’s Meno, is that learning is a form of recollection. Central in this Platonic dialogue is the question whether virtue can be taught, and in line with this question the protagonists Socrates and Meno end up in a discussion about the question whether it is possible to learn what one does not know.


Read the whole article in our magazine Philosophia Reformata, 2013/1.