senses

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.)

senses
sensory NC II, 582 (open the sensory aspect)
NC III, 38
empirical NC I, 29 (cosmic time determines all of empirical reality), 54 (empirical individuality), 55 (empirical fact that self-knowledge is dependent on knowledge of God)

NC II, 537, 546

See psychical. The psychical or sensory is one of the aspects of our temporal experience.

The sensory aspect of perceiving does not at all play that preponderent role in naive experience which the current epistemological opinion ascribes to it. (NC III, 38).

Dooyeweerd rejects the empiricistic view of reality. He often refers to the empirical by placing the word in quotation marks. For example, he says,

The Kantian conception of consciousness has resulted in misinterpreting “empirical reality” in a functionalistic manner (NC II, 537).

The contrast betwen “a priori” and “empirical” is useless in the light of the cosmonomic Idea. It assumes a metaphysical separation between noumena and phennomena (NC II, 546).

The things of concrete experience are not the products of the synthetic formation of a chaotic sensory matter by means of abstract forms of thought and intution (NC II, 559).

And see my article “Imagination, Image of God and Wisdom of God: Theosophical Themes in Dooyeweerd’s Philosophy,” (2006), where I discuss how Dooyeweerd’s ideas differ from empiricism.

Revised Jul 24/06

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