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.

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.


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