Lonergan and Historiography
The Epistemological Philosophy of History
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Missouri Press
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This book is part of a larger project dealing with Lonergan’s philosophy of history. A much larger work in progress and an earlier published work, Lonergan and the Philosophy of Historical Existence, both deal with what is termed in this book Lonergan’s “ontological philosophy of history,” where the “historically engaged subject” is related to such themes ...
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Foundational thinkers are rare and precious (at least if we take that term in its generic meaning and not in the narrow, Cartesian sense criticized by Post-Modern writers). Thinkers who penetrate to the most profound intellectual assumptions of the age, who grapple with them resolutely, and who, in so doing, likewise address, with bold sensitivity, ...
Chapter 1 - Basic Horizon and Historiography
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If one were to practice horticulture in a certain garden, one would want to know, for purpose of orientation and in order to bring the proper tools, the kind of garden and the kind of harvest it may be anticipated to yield. And so we may wish to come to a preliminary understanding about the garden of Lonergan’s philosophy of history. Should we...
Chapter 2 - Critique of Historical Reason
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Lonergan’s horizon analysis illuminates the complex dimensions of the relative horizons that pervade and exhibit the diversity of historical existence; penetrates to a basic horizon operative in the process of inquiry throughout human history; and argues for a critical historiography that would arise from the very exigencies of basic horizon. And it is ...
Chapter 3 - History of Thought and Praxis
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If ethics is neither a matter of deducing conduct from abstract rules “out there,” nor a matter of calculating a balance of pleasures over pains, nor a matter a simply “feeling good,” nor a matter of a personal expression of one’s unique “lifestyle”—but it is, rather, a matter of conduct faithful to the norms ingredient in the self-correcting and selftranscending...
Chapter 4 - History of Consciousness
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Lonergan’s rich “Dimensions of Meaning” is his most concentrated expression of a broad, philosophically informed perspective about the actual course of historical events. Of all his shorter writings, we may perhaps regard this one as a minor classic, an inexhaustible source of inquiry and meditative reflection.1 Here, Lonergan, in succinct but bold...
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In the “preliminary sketch” in chapter 1, we introduced a number of inquirers, among whom was an historian interested in understanding an ancient civilization. In subsequent chapters we have explored, in effect, what would be the historian’s process of inquiry thought the relevant disciplines within which he or she would operate and what would be...
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Publication Year: 2010