Table of Contents

Vollenhoven's Problem-Historical Method: Intro & Explorations


Kornelis A. Bril and Ralph W. Vunderink


Part One: The World in Front of and Behind the Eye:

From Galileo to Positivism

  1. A Rose in the Dutch Dunes
  2. Assessments of the Process of Interiorization

Part Two: Types and Time-Currents

  1. Four Models of Historiography
    1. Going through Time in "Closed Ranks"
    2. A Structural Vision: Anonymous Thinking
    3. The Third Historiographic Model: Thomas Kuhn
    4. The Fourth Model: The Problem-Historical Method
  2. The Problem-Historical Method: A Further Orientation
    1. Four Time-Currents
    2. Three Types
    3. Conceptions
    4. Views Concerning Horizontal and Vertical Lines

Part Three: Types

  1. A Typological Survey
    1. The First Category
    2. The Second Category: Dualism and Monism
    3. "The Problem of the Vertical Relationship . . ."
    4. The Fourth Problem: "How d'Alembert Differs from a Cow"
    5. The Fifth Category: Individualism Versus Mysticism
    6. Vollenhoven's Own Standpoint
    7. A Glance Back
  2. Typology
    1. Hocking: "Types as Clusters of Worldviews"?
    2. Typological Investigation
    3. What Moved Vollenhoven in His Inquiry?

Part Four: Time-Currents

  1. The Struggle Concerning Method Continued
  2. From Plato to Descartes
  3. The Period of Early Rationalism: From Its Growth to Its Decay
    1. Vollenhoven's Introduction
    2. Early Manifestations
  4. Late Rationalism: Reason as Instrument
    1. Positivism
    2. Neo-Idealism
    3. A Glance Back at the Route Traveled Thus Far
  5. Irrationalism and the Struggle for Truth
    1. Irrationalism
    2. Decisionism: Max Weber and Albert Einstein
    3. Vollenhoven's View of Time-Currents: A First Balance
  6. Synthesis, Secularization, and Time-Currents
    1. Synthesis and the Three Main Periods
    2. Religion and Its Ties with Types and Time-Currents
    3. Turnover of Time-Currents

Works Cited
Subject Index
Name Index