Christian philosophy of dynamic development

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.

Born 1937, I studied physics and mathematics at the University of Leyden before I became a research fellow at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, earning my PhD in experimental physics in1967. When lecturing physics, philosophy of science and history of physics at the teacher training institute 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 you will find the text of several books. 

Time and again (1980, 2014): my first book, now available on-line.

Theory and experiment, Philosophy of science in a historical context (2016) is the epistemological and historical counterpart of Time and again. 

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 (2018) discusses the history of natural philosophy and theology during the Enlightenment and Romanticism. 

Encyclopedia of relations and characters (2018) is an overview of my philosophy. Except for Time and again it replaces  Laws for dynamic development (2015). Encyclopedia I is concerned with natural relations and characters, Encyclopedia II with normative ones

These texts are also available on PDF. 




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