Two Touchstones for Philosophy: naive experience and common sense

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


In this paper I explore, in sections 1 and 2 respectively, Dooyeweerd’s notion of naive experience, and the notion of common sense as it is found in Reid and Moore. I argue in section 3 that both naive experience and common sense are assigned structurally similar functional roles by their advocates—viz. the role of touchstones for philosophy. In the final section I stage a conversation between Dooyeweerd and Reid: what would they say to each other about the touchstones they adopt.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalPhilosophia Reformata
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020



  • common sen
  • naive experience
  • Dooyeweerd
  • Reid
  • philosophical method

Cite this