Philosophy reading group – Lonergan

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.

Author: Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.

One thought on “Philosophy reading group – Lonergan”

  1. 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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