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n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Die implikasies van 'n konsekwent probleem-historiese metode van wysgerige historiografie vir geslagtelike verskille en verhoudings : original research

Volume 79, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0023-270X
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Abstract

Hierdie ondersoek verken die moontlike implikasies van Dirk H.Th. Vollenhoven (1892-1978) se konsekwent probleem-historiese metode met die oog op groter duidelikheid oor die vraagstuk van menslike geslagtelikheid en die onderlinge verhouding tussen die twee geslagte. Dit toon ook terloops aan hoe die resultate van hierdie Christelike filosoof se noukeurige analise van Westerse werklikheids- en mensvisies belangrike leemtes in die baanbrekende navorsing van suster Prudence Allen kan vul. Allen se navorsing is in 'n voorafgaande artikel in hierdie tydskrif bespreek. Eers word Vollenhoven se siening ten opsigte van die onderskeid en die verband tussen God, sy wet en die kosmos verduidelik. 'n Volgende afdeling bespreek dan die hoofkontoere van sy wysgerige historiografie, naamlik sy indeling van die filosofiegeskiedenis in drie hooftydperke (voorsintese, sintese en antisintese), 'n verskeidenheid normatiewe stromings en drie basiese kosmologiese probleme (konstantheid versus verandering, eenheid versus verskeidenheid en die universele versus die individuele). In 'n derde onderdeel word uit 'n seleksie van die groot aantal mensvisies nagegaan wat hulle moontlike implikasies vir die vraagstuk van geslagtelikheid kan wees. Ten slotte word 'n ondersoek geloods na Vollenhoven se eie mensvisie om te probeer vasstel waarom hy, ten spyte van sy diepgaande blootlegging van die ontiese en antropologiese grondslae van die Westerse denke, hom nie meer eksplisiet oor die implikasies daarvan vir menslike geslagtelikheid uitgespreek het nie.

Reconnoitring the possible implications of the consistent problem-historical method of Dirk H.Th. Vollenhoven (1892-1978) to attain more clarity on the issue of gender and gender relations is the main aim of this investigation. In passing, it also indicates how the results obtained by this Christian philosopher's careful analysis of Western ontologies and anthropologies may alleviate the deficiencies in the otherwise groundbreaking study of sister Prudence Allen. Allen's study was discussed in a previous article in this journal. The introductory section explains how Vollenhoven himself viewed the difference and relation between God, his laws and his creation. The next section discusses the main contours of his historiography of philosophy, viz. his division of the history of philosophy intothree main periods (pre-synthetic, synthetic and anti-synthetic), a diversity of normative time-currents and three basic cosmological problems (consistency versus change, unity versus diversity and universal versus individual). From the great number of anthropologies, the third section selects a few examples to illustrate their possible implications for the problems related to sexuality and gender. The conclusion tries to pinpoint Vollenhoven's own anthropology in order to ascertain why he, in spite of his thorough and profound exposure of the ontological and anthropological foundations of Western thinking, did not more explicitly express himself about their implications for gender issues.

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