Linked Glossary of Terms
(references to De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee, unless indicated. See concordance for correlation with pages in the New Critique. The concordance is in pdf format.)


We descend from the religious to the temporal dimensions of reality. First we descend to the level of cosmic time. Then we descend to the modal horizon. Then we descend to individuality structures.

The descent can be contrasted with an ascent in the opposite direction.

Dooyeweerd does not have a view of reality as a “chain of being,” or an “analogy of being.” But he does have apriori levels of conditions for reality.

Baader speaks of this descent as a kenosis. We make the movement from enstasis to ec-stasis, to the lower levels of reality, in an act of love. We then ascend again in an act of synthesis, whereby we make the previously abstracted reality our own.

Baader also says that each descent is a disintegration; each ascent is a reintegration (Werke 9, 208).

Revised Dec. 27/04; Dec 23/16