Appropriating the Lonergan Idea by Frederick E. Crowe

By Frederick E. Crowe

First released in 1989, Appropriating the Lonergan inspiration is an exploration and growth of Bernard Lonergan's specified achievements as a theologian and thinker by means of the world's optimal specialist on his writings, Frederick E. Crowe.Comprising twenty-two essays, this quantity is split into detailed elements. The 9 essays that represent the 1st a part of the publication are eager about Crowe's research of the that means and heritage of Lonergan's personal writings. the rest 13 papers problem Crowe's growth of Lonergan's claims via inventively constructing and utilising them to his personal scholarly endeavours. a wide selection of themes is explored during this assortment, from Lonergan's early educational occupation and the evolution of his thought of God, to the dynamic of ecclesial studying and the missions of the Trinity. known as through one critic 'a excellent monument to its author's knowledge, humanity, scholarship and sturdy sense,' this vintage paintings presents sharp insights into the paintings of a profound thinker and theologian.

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423). It may be possible to miss the point here, despite the recurrent references to the polymorphism of human consciousness and the repeated castigation of the view that intellectual knowing is merely taking an intellectual look. But it seems rather important not to miss it; I should say that there is an intellectual purification that stands to intellectual development somewhat as ascetical purification stands to advance in charity, and that intellectual purification requires a well-defined distinction 16 EXPLORING between intellectual knowing and looking, between verification and imagination, between the objectivity that is based on intelligent inquiry and critical reflection and the objectivity for which animal extroversion serves as model (p.

71). In chapter 4 the duality that has consistently appeared in what are called the classical and sta- ORIGIN AND SCOPE OF Insight 19 tistical, in the "domination of the concrete by the abstract-and-systematic" (p. 104), is studied to reveal the complementarity of the two as types of knowing and the corresponding complementarity in the known. Chapter 5 with its study of space and time provides "a concrete and familiar context for the foregoing analyses of empirical science, and . . a natural bridge .

R. G(raubard). 5. , p. xii. 34 EXPLORING even then means of communicating could surely be worked out at some elemental human level of understanding and sympathy. But our concern is for a basic theory that might systematize the various ad hoc proposals and be fertile in the creation of better ones. I To speak of differentiations is already to suppose an original unity from which the differences developed. Moreover, that usage is justified in some fundamental sense by the fact that our problem concerns members of one human race, for there is surely some obscurely glimpsed reason for the unanimity with which we set the creature we call "man" apart from other beings in the visible world.

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