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Philosophy reading group – Lonergan

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An announcement from Dr. Sherlock:

“This fall I am going to do a reading group where we will read together and discuss one of the greatest works of philosophy in the 20th century: Bernard Lonergan s.j.’s Insight. It’s theme is how you can get from a study of the phenomenology of human knowing to the metaphysics of true understanding. When he was a visiting professor at Harvard I studied with him. On Amazon and Barnes and Nobel the book costs about $30. We will begin meeting the second week of the term. If you are interested email me with the times you are available and I’ll pick a time that works for most people.”

Contact Dr. Sherlock if interested here:

I [Dr. Kleiner now speaking] had some encounters with Lonergan’s legacy while at Boston College.  Lonergan was a professor there late in his career and Boston College now houses a large Lonergan Center and hosts annual Lonergan Workshops and is generally the hub of Lonergan work in this country.  Though I am no expert on Lonergan, I think Lonergan is one of the most under-read and under-rated philosophers of the last 100-200 years.  In addition, Lonergan is not neatly camped with either “analytic” or “continental” philosophy and philosophers are both sides of this “divide” work with Lonergan.  So I think there is a lot of potential with him in being a bridge builder as well (appealing to the clarity of the analytics but the profundity of the continentals).  So this reading group will be well worth your time.

1 Comment

  1. Sandi says:

    I have ordered the book and plan to follow any emails that are posted regarding the reading discussions–this looks a lot like what I’m interested in!


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