HUMAN IDENTITY AND REFORMATIONAL SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY

Reformational philosophy views reality structured as an original and meaningful order, created by God.1 Reality is open to systematic research and contemplation because it reflects a coherent order in its structures. It is this order that also gives human society a systematic character. Institutions...

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Published in:Philosophia reformata
Main Author: Kuiper, Roel
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2004
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In: Philosophia reformata
Year: 2004, Volume: 69, Issue: 1, Pages: 14-37
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
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Summary:Reformational philosophy views reality structured as an original and meaningful order, created by God.1 Reality is open to systematic research and contemplation because it reflects a coherent order in its structures. It is this order that also gives human society a systematic character. Institutions, communities, relations, regulations, cultural patterns, social customs and manners, all held together in a more or less coherent manner, shape society in a regular way. In this article I will concentrate on patterns and conditions of social life that serve as a framework for human identity. Identity refers to social belonging: the conscious consideration of someone’s position in a given social order, like established communities, nations and families. We develop personal and collective identities in response to social and cultural patterns. It is impossible to gain an awareness of what it means to be a person without a structured social milieu. Being human means being part of a meaningful social order. My question is to what extent reformational philosophy — viewing reality as a meaningful order — provides a framework for the study of human identity. For an answer to that question I want to examine the social philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd.
ISSN:2352-8230
Contains:In: Philosophia reformata
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/22116117-90000302