Art in Public: An Alternative Case for Government Arts Funding.

Zuidervaart, Lambert. “Art in Public: An Alternative Case for Government Arts Funding.” Published online in The Other Journal, Issue 15 on Aesthetics, July 3, 2009.

Why should governments provide funding for the arts? This essay explores three mainstream political answers and provides a reformational alternative. My more complete account is in the book Art in Public: Politics, Economics, and a Democratic Culture (Cambridge UP, 2011).

Multiple Intelligences, judgment, and the realization of value.

Blomberg, Douglas Gordon. “Multiple Intelligences, Judgment, and the Realization of Value.” Ethics and Education, 4(2), 2009, Volume 4, Issue 2 pp. 163-175

Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences has been enthusiastically received by school teachers, including Christian teachers. Despite its significant positive impact, MI is profoundly deficient in its perspective on the value (normative) dimensions of life, regarding these as subjective, non-rational impositions on intelligent functioning, thus perpetuating the “fact/value” dichotomy that supports the illusion of the religious neutrality of scholarship and schooling.

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Unfinished Business: Toward a Reformational Conception of Truth.

Zuidervaart, Lambert. “Unfinished Business: Toward a Reformational Conception of Truth.” Philosophia Reformata, 74 (2009): 1-20. Available for download at:

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This essay presents my general conception of truth and shows how it relates to Herman Dooyeweerd’s conception. I propose that truth is a dynamic correlation between (1) human fidelity to societal principles and (2) a life-giving disclosure of society. This proposal puts the notion of propositional truth in a wider context, and it links the discursive justification of truth claims with our practically bearing witness to the truth.