Welcome to the website of
Marinus Dirk (Dick) Stafleu
I am the author of a number of books and papers dealing with my philosophy of dynamic development. This
is the fruit of a life long study of Herman Dooyeweerd's and Dirk Vollenhoven's Christian philosophy of the cosmonomic idea.
1937, I studied physics and mathematics at the University of Leiden before I became a research fellow at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, earning my PhD in experimental physics in 1967. When lecturing physics, philosophy of science and history of physics
at the institute for teacher training of the Hogeschool Utrecht, I was involved as project manager in several local and national projects. Since my early retirement in 1998 I am a full-time philosopher.
On this site, which I started November 2015, you
will find the text of several books and papers written since 1980: For a complete survey of my philosophical publications since 1966, see 'Autobiography'.
Time and again (1980) was my first book. I revised it in 2016..
Theory and experiment, Philosophy of science in a historical context (2016) is the epistemological
and historical counterpart of Time and again. It is a revised version of Theories at work, On the structure and function of theories in science, in particular during the Copernican revolution (1987).
Mathematical foundations of quantum physics (2014) discusses
the natural relation frames and characters.
Chronos & Clio, Time
in history (2012) is the translation of Chronos & Clio, De tijd in de geschiedenis (2011). It discusses the relation of the concepts of time and history in the perspective of the philosophy
of dynamic development.
The open future, Contours of a Christian philosophy
of dynamic development (2016, revised 2017) is a short and informal essay, serving as a concise introduction.
Nature and freedom, Philosophy of nature, Natural theology, Enlightenment
and Romanticism (2018). This page, discussing the history of natural philosophy and theology
during the Enlightenment and Romanticism, will be revised and is temporarily removed.
Studies in the philosophy of evolution and history is a collection of published papers written between 1986 and 2018.
Essays on normative principles and characters is a collection of papers published between 2003 and 2014.
Encyclopedia of relations and characters, their evolution
and history (2018) is an overview of the philosophy.of dynamic development. Encyclopedia I is concerned with natural relations and characters, Encyclopedia II with normative ones. Several lemmas in this encyclopedia are copied from other books and papers on this site.
Because each page of this website is more or less self-contained, several texts or text fragments appear on more than one page.
All these texts are also available on PDF, free of charge.
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