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Dooyeweerds Philosophy of Economics

Joost Hengstmengel


Abraham Kuyper repeatedly stressed the desirability of an independent Calvinist science of economics. At the Free University of Amsterdam, economists with such ideals would indeed appear, but their normative approach to economics was overshadowed by the rise of economic positivism. As a pupil of Kuyper, Herman Dooyeweerd provided Calvinist economics with a philosophical foundation. In this article, Dooyeweerds philosophy of economics based on his philosophy of the cosmonomic idea is summarized and placed into a historical context. Also explained is how his philosophical interpretation of Kuypers principle of sphere sovereignty results in (the necessity of) an intrinsically Christian economic theory. Dooyeweerd appears to be an outspoken advocate of normative economics, both in science and in practice.

Joost Hengstmengel, "Dooyeweerd's Philosophy of Economics," Journal of Markets & Morality 15, no. 2 (Fall 2012): 415-429

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