Two touchstones for philosophy: Naive experience and common sense

René Van Woudenberg*

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In this paper I explore, in sections 2 and 3, respectively, Herman Dooyeweerd's notion of naive experience and the notion of common sense as found in the writings of Thomas Reid and G. E. Moore. I argue in section 4 that naive experience and common sense are assigned a structurally similar functional role by their advocates-viz., the role of touchstone for philosophy. In the final section I stage a conversation between Dooyeweerd and Reid about the touchstones they adopt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-42
Number of pages23
JournalPhilosophia Reformata
Issue number1
Early online date14 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Common sense
  • G. E. Moore
  • Herman Dooyeweerd
  • Naive experience
  • Philosophical method
  • Thomas Reid


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