Resources for a Christian worldview

The Vollenhoven pages

D. H. Th. Vollenhoven (1892-1978) was Dooyeweerd's brother-in-law. He was a contemporary of Dooyeweerd at the Free University (1911-1914). He studied classics, philosophy and theology. His dissertation in Dutch was on the 'Philosophy of mathematics from a theistic point of view'. He married Dooyeweerd's sister and became a pastor in the Gereformeerde Kerk in Oostkappelle from 1918. In 1921 he became a pastor in The Hague and had many discussions with Dooyeweerd. Vollenhoven then went on to become professor of Philosophy at the Free University in Amsterdam. He developed an approach to the history of philosophy that became known as the Consistent Problem-Historical Method (CPHM).

Details of the Vollenhoven Foundation can be found here.

An introduction to Vollenhoven:
Steve Bishop 2021. You should know D.H.Th. Vollenhoven. Laymen's Lounge

By Vollenhoven in (in English)


The significance of Calvinism for the reformation of philosophy. Evangelical Quarterly 3(4)1931): 387403; 4(2)(1932): 128160; 398–427.

Parts of these also appear in Het Calvinischme en de Reformatie van de Wijsbegeerte. Amsterdam: H.J.Paris, 1933.


The groundmotives of biblical philosophy. 

From: Het Calvinischme en de Reformatie van de Wijsbegeerte. Amsterdam: H.J.Paris, 1933. Ch 2: 22-48 (in English).


The foundations of Calvinist thought. Lecture delivered in 1934 at Dusseldorf


The Course of Plato's Development. In Library of the 10th International Congress of Philosophy, Vol. 2: Philosophical Essays. Amsterdam: Veen Vol. 2: 1-16.


Faith: its Nature and Structure, and its Significance for Science. Toronto: Tomorrow's Book Club . 


Divergentierapport I [Report of Divergences I], written in 1953. Available on Glenn Friesen's site Vollenhoven studies


'Lecture notes on Kant' from the syllabus 1958-59; translated by Bill Rowe (1977).

The History of Ancient Philosophy 

A partial translation by H. Evan Runner of Vollenhoven's Geshiedenis der wijsbegeerte IGrand Rapids: Calvin College. 


De Problemen rondom de tijd [Problems about time], lectures given in 1963. Glenn Friesen's site Vollenhoven studies


Methodological dangers in the Parmenides interpretation. Philosophia Reformata 31:68-71. 


Problemen van de tijd in onze kring [Problems about time in our group], a lecture given in 1968.  Glenn Friesen's site Vollenhoven studies

At the beginning. The Christian Vanguard 8 (March and April), p. 3-5, 6-10.

Address delivered on the occasion of the adoption of the A.R.S.S. constitution, Aug. 28, 1961.


Ancient philosophical conceptions in problem-historical lay-out, 6th century BC to 6th AD. (Edited with an introduction by A. Tol.) Amsterdam: Filosofisch Instituut, VU.


The problem-historical method and the history of philosophy. (Edited by K.A. Bril. Transl. by De Kievit, J., Francke, S., Friesen, J.G. & Sweetman, R.)  Amstelveen:  De Zaak Haes.

Contains translations of the following:

  • Conservatism and Progressiveness in philosophy
  • Short Survey of the History of Philosophy
  • The Consequential Problem-Historical Method
  • Gnosticism

Isagôge philosophiae/ Introduction to philosophy.  (Edited by Kok, J. & Tol, A. with the Dutch original.) Sioux Center, Iowa:  Dordt College Press.

The problem-historical method and the history of philosophy. (Ed. K.A. Bril.) Amstelveen: De Zaak Haes.

Isagôgè philosophiae; introduction to philosophy. (Eds. J.H. Kok & A. Tol). Sioux Center, Iowa: Dordt College Press.

Isagôgè philosophiae; introduction to philosophy. (Bilingual edition). (Eds. J.H. Kok & J. Tol). Sioux Center, Iowa: Dordt College Press.


Reformed Epistemology; the relation of logos and ratio in the history of Western epistemology.  (Transl. by A. Tol.) Sioux Center, Iowa:  Dordt College Press. The original Dutch version is available here.

Sphere sovereignty for Kuyper and for us. In Bishop, S. and Kok, J.H. (editors) On Kuyper; a collection of readings on the life, work and legacy of Abraham Kuyper. Sioux Center, Iowa:  Dordt College Press. pp. 317-322


The foundations of Calvinist thought. (Translated by J.J. Venter in English)

Scripture use and philosophy.  (Translated by J.J. Venter from the Dutch version published in Mededelingen van de Vereniging voor Calvinistische Wijsbegeerte, Sept. 1953:6-9.)

Kok, J. H. (ed.) Forthcoming A Vollenhoven Reader. Sioux Center: Dordt College Press.

Provisional contents:

Foreword                 (by Calvin Seerveld)
1.   Reforming Philosophy
       Calvinism and the Reformation of Philosophy          
2.   Believing Faith
       Faith: Its Nature, Structure, and Significance for Science
3.   Social Spheres and Law Spheres                                                                  
        Sphere Sovereignty for Kuyper and for Us                         
4.   Discerning Laws and Pitfalls
        Norm and Law of Nature                                                     
5.   Using and Abusing Scripture
        Scripture Use and Philosophy                                           
6.   Differing with Dooyeweerd
        Divergences: Report I                                                        
7.   Traces of the Trinity
       The Unity of Life                                                                  
8.   Introducing Philosophy
        Introduction to Philosophy                                                  

Vollenhoven Foundation Newsletter

Vollenhoven foundation newsletter No 1

Vollenhoven foundation newsletter No 2
Vollenhoven foundation newsletter No 3

On Vollenhoven

Basden, A. 2005 (updated 2008) Comparison between Dooyeweerd and Vollenhoven (webpages)

Bishop, Steve 2021. You should know: Vollenhoven Layman's Lounge.

Bril, K.A., H. Hart, J. Klapwijk (eds.). 1973. The Idea of a Christian Philosophy: Essays in Honour of D. H. Th. Vollenhoven. Wedge: Toronto. 

Bril, K.A. 1973. A selected and annotated bibliography of D. H. Th. Vollenhoven. Philosophia Reformata 38: 212-222. 

Bril, K.A. 1995. A comparison between Dooyeweerd and Vollenhoven on the historiography of philosophyPhilosophia Reformata 60:2. 

Bril, K.A. 2005. Vollenhoven's problem-historical method: introduction and explorations. (Transl. by Vunderink, R.W.) Sioux Center, Iowa: Dordt College Press. 

Friesen, J.G. 2005. Dooyeweerd Versus Vollenhoven: The Religious Dialectic Within Reformational Philosophy. Philosophia Reformata 70:102-132.

Friesen, J.G. 2005.  Monism, dualism, nondualism: a problem with Vollenhoven's problem-historical method

Friesen, J. G. 2008. Studies relating to D.H.Th. Vollenhoven (webpages) 

Griffioen, S. 2013. Treasure hunting in Vollenhoven. Paper delivered at the School of Philosophy, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University on 24 August 2013. 

Ive, J. 2012. A critically comparative Kuyperian analysis and in trinitarian perichoretic reconstruction of the reformational philosophies of Dirk H.T. Vollenhoven and Herman Dooyeweerd. Ph.D. thesis. London: King's College.

Ive, J. 2015. The Contribution and Philosophical Development of the Reformational Philosopher, Dirk H. Th. VollenhovenPhilosophia Reformata 80(2): 159–177

Kampof, E.J. The triunity of life: on the unity of the Vollenhovian project. ICS, Toronto MPhil.

The thesis explores whether Vollenhoven?s logic and epistemology might provide a fruitful perspective from which to view the unity of Vollenhoven's systematic and historical work. But the thesis moves beyond Vollenhoven in taking a number of independent positions on the relationship between normative and structural law, between the law of the Spirit and positive law, and on the nature of the thus-so and the genetic determinations. (From Vollenhoven Newsletter No 2)

Kok, J.H. 1988. Vollenhoven and scriptural philosophy. Philosophia Reformata 53(2): 101-142. 

Kok, J.H. 1992. Vollenhoven and thinking in the light of Scripture Pro Rege XXI:11-23.

Kok, J.H. 1992. Vollenhoven: his early development. Sioux Center, Iowa: Dordt College Press. 

Runner, H. Evan.  1972. Abraham Kuyper's influence on Dr Vollenhoven. Perspective Newsletter 6: 7-10. 

Runner, H. Evan. 1972. Vollenhoven celebrates his eightieth birthday. Perspective Newsletter (Dec). 

Seerveld, C.G. 1960. Philosophical historographyJASA 12: 87-89.

Seerveld, C.G. 1973. Biblical wisdom underneath Vollenhoven's categories for philosophical historiography. Philosophia Reformata,38:127-143. 

Seerveld, C.G. 1975. The pedagogical strength of a Christian methodology in philosophical historiography. Koers 40:4-6. 

Seerveld, C. 1980. Towards a cartographic methodology for art historiographyJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 39:2. 

Seerveld, C.G. 1993. Vollenhoven's legacy for art historiographyPhilosophia Reformata, 58:49-79. 

Strauss, D.F.M. 2006. Appropriating the legacy of Dooyeweerd and Vollenhoven. Journal for Christian Scholarship. 42(4)

Journal for Christian Scholarship, 2006: 42(4):23-56
Taljaard, J.A.L. 1978. In memoriam prof. D.H.Th Vollenhoven: 01/11/1892-06/06/1978. Perspectief, 17(3 & 4):1-4, Sept. 

Tol, A. 1978. In memoriam: Dirk Hendrik Theodor VollenhovenPhilosophia Reformata, 43:93-100. 

Tol, A. 1979. "Foreword" in D.H.Th. Vollenhoven: Ancient philosophical conceptions in problem-historical lay-out, 6th Century B.C. - 6th Century A.D. Amsterdam: Filosofisch Instituut, Vrije Universiteit. 

Tol, A. 1995. Time and change in VollenhovenPhilosophia Reformata 60:99-120.

Tol, A. 2007. Vollenhoven on Early Classical Antiquity. In Sweetman, R. (ed.). In the Phrygian Mode; Neo-Calvinism. Antiquity and the lamentations of Reformational Philosophy. Toronto: ICS/ Lanham: Univ. Press of America, pp. 127-160. 

Tol, A. 2010. Philosophy in the making; D.H.Th. Vollenhoven and the emergence of Reformed Philosophy. Sioux Center, Iowa: Dordt College Press. 

Philosophy in the Making D. H. Th. Vollenhoven and the Emergence of Reformed Philosophy

 Anthony Tol Dordt College Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0-932914-86-6 549+vi pp; pbk; US$30 

Recent years have seen a number of works by and on Vollenhoven. This by Tony Tol is the result of his PhD promoted by A. P. Bos from the Free University (VU). It looks at the development of a neo-calvinist philosophy. Tol pays particular attention to the part played by Vollenhoven in this development. The book started life as a project to edit Vollenhoven's seminal work the Isagoge Philosophiae a text Vollenhoven was continually changing and revising; there about a dozen different versions of the text! This book then traces Vollenhoven's thought as it changed and evolved. This is a welcome addition to the burgeoning interest in reformational philosophy. Vollenhoven's work is often dense and opaque. Tol has done much of the hard work in helping us understand Vollenhoven and his ideas better. 


1. Vollenhoven's principled program 

2. A bold beginning: theistic and metalogical intuitionism

 3. Reforming revisions: from monadology to law-sphere

Tol, A. 2011. Reformational philosophy in the making. Philosophia Reformata, 76:187-214. 

Tol, A. 2011. Vollenhoven and Dooyeweerd: their emerging difference. Unpublished paper delivered at the International Symposium of the Association for Christian Philosophy, Amsterdam, 16-19 August 2011. 

Tol, A. 2011. Vollenhoven on philosophy, worldview and religion. Unpublished paper delivered at the International Symposium of the Association for Christian Philosophy, Amsterdam, 16-19 August 2011. 

Tol, A. 2013. Vollenhoven, Dirk Hendrik Theodoor. Wikipedia http://en/Wikipedia.org/wiki/D.H.Th.Vollenhoven

van der Walt. B.J. 1978. Historiography of philosophy: the consistent problem-historic method. In Heartbeat. Potchefstroom: IRS. 

van der Walt, B.J.. 1982-83. The consistent problem-historical method of philosophical historiography. Anakainosis, 5 (2 and 3): 1-21. 

van der Walt, B.J. 2006. The philosophy of D. H. Th. Vollenhoven (1892-1978), with special reference to his historiography of philosophyTydskrif vir Christelike Wetenskap 42(1-2): 35-39

van der Walt, B.J. 2011. Employing Vollenhoven's historiographic "minesweeper" in detecting and detonating dangerous "landmines" at the theological "minefields" of Dordt (1618-1619) and afterwards. Paper delivered at the Vollenhoven Colloquium on 15 August 2011 at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

van der Walt, B.J. 2012Flying on the wings of Vollenhoven's radical Christian worldview: A reconsideration of the usual typology of Christian worldviews. Koers 77(1)

van der walt, B.J. 2014. At the Cradle of a Christian Philosophy. Potchefstroom: ICCA.

van der walt, B.J. 2014. Constancy and Change: historical types and trends in the passion of the western mind. Potchefstroom: ICCA.

Wolters, A.M. 1979. On Vollenhoven's problem-historical method. In Kraay, J. & Tol, A. (eds.). Hearing and Doing: Philosophical essays dedicated to H.Evan Runner. Toronto: Wedge Pub. Foundation. pp. 231-262.