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Insight: A Study of Human Understanding, Volume 3 (Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan) Paperback – April 6, 1992
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Robert M. Doran is the Emmett Doerr Chair in Systematic Theology and a professor in the Department of Theology at Marquette University. He is the general editor of the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan.
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Lonergan developed his conception of insight by extending the Thomist account of abstraction to all areas of knowledge. Knowing always starts with sensed or imagined data into which one has an insight, an act of understanding. After this, one considers the sufficiency of evidence and makes a judgment about the validity of the insight. Experiencing, understanding and judging are the three cognitional acts; they have for their respective contents the three Thomist metaphysical elements of potency, form, and act. Data play a special role. Lonergan assumes that there is a separate act of being aware of data, which seems unlikely, but his conception of data is equivocal. He takes over the sense data of empiricist philosophy and conflates them with the data of science and also with the concrete properties of the physical world.
On the basis of his understanding of classical and statistical science, Lonergan developed his own conception of world process, emergent probability, as an alternative to Darwinian evolution.Read more ›
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Unique, profound and mind-changing. Read it carefully and it will change your life.Published 15 days ago by Helen A.
This is a very large book, but it is filled with great ideas and concepts. The language can be challenging (there are many archaic words that were common in the time the book was... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sean V. Vallor
In this book are the initial keys to the constructive re-constitution of world understanding. Purchase it and study it as a life's project. Read morePublished 7 months ago by FB
One of the most important books of the twentieth century. Lonergan is a first class mind and stand head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
In this massive work, Canadian philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan S.J. engages in a massive scholarly investigation into science, philosophy, mathematics and theology, to... Read morePublished on August 13, 2014 by Greg
A difficult and time consuming book that is a 20th Century masterpiece in philosophy. Written by a man, most influenced by Aquinas, but with an original and polymathic mind.Published on August 12, 2014 by mp
The pre-reqs for this book are
1) The Trivium, by Sister Miriam Joseph
2) Introduction to Phenomenology, by Robert Sokolowski
This book establishes the... Read more
Lonergan's master work "Insight" is not a philosophical, scientific, or theological treatise, as most people believe, though it relies on sweeping content in these areas as points... Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Keith J. Ringkamp